Identifying strategies to support patients diagnosed with diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) is essential to affect not only wound outcomes but also mortality and quality of life. This article reports on a cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational study of patients receiving treatment for DFU at a specialty clinic. Most participants were <60 years of age and had been diagnosed with diabetes for >5 years. Results indicated that patients with higher self-management scores reported improved general health, physical functioning, and quality of life. These findings, in a younger patient population with normal work and family obligations, suggest that interventions supporting self-management behaviors can improve physical, emotional, and general health and, ultimately, quality of life. The involvement of an interprofessional care team enhances these self-management behaviors.
What Patients Think: A Study Examining Perceptions of Teamwork, Self-Management, and Quality of Life of Patients Diagnosed With Diabetic Foot Ulceration
Lorie B. Sigmon, Elizabeth K. Woodard; What Patients Think: A Study Examining Perceptions of Teamwork, Self-Management, and Quality of Life of Patients Diagnosed With Diabetic Foot Ulceration. Clin Diabetes 1 October 2023; 41 (4): 518–525. https://doi.org/10.2337/cd22-0112
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