Assessing Outcome of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Multidisciplinary Foot Clinic

Author(s): M. Soliman, S. M. Rajbhandari.

Journal Name: Current Diabetes Reviews

Volume 9 , Issue 5 , 2013

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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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Year: 2013
Page: [397 - 401]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/15733998113099990075
Price: $58

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