Foot problem has been increasingly recognised as a major complication of diabetes, which is associated with a
very high mortality and morbidity. Therefore Multi-Disciplinary Foot Clinics (MDFC) have been established all over the
world to provide holistic care to these patients. There is a wide variation in the availability of a range of professional skills
in the MDFC in different health economy. Therefore the care provided by these MDFC can vary from one place to other.
It is very important to measure the outcome of these MDFC so that patients, regulatory authorities and funding bodies can
compare them. Traditionally ulcer related outcomes such as the healing rate and the proportion of ulcers healed have been
measured in many foot ulcer studies. Similarly the amputation rate is measured to determine the efficacy of diabetic foot
management in an area of the health economy. However, these measures do not take into account other important factors
such as the functional ability and the quality of life of patients. Therefore patient related outcomes such as the recurrence
of ulcer, number of working days lost, the mobility of patient following treatment, survival following first episode of ulceration
etc also needs to be measured, which are very important from the patient's perspective. This review looks into
various patient related outcomes that can and should be measured to assess the quality of care provided by the MDFC.
Keywords: Outcome, diabetic, foot, ulcer, management, multidisciplinary.
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