Foot education improves knowledge and satisfaction among patients at high risk for diabetic foot ulcer.

Journal Article

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate an intensive diabetes foot education program for veterans at high risk for foot ulcer. METHODS: We invited 100 consecutive patients with diabetes from a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center clinic who were insensate to the Semmes-Weinstein 5.07 monofilament to participate in a foot care education program. Two sessions were conducted by a nurse diabetes educator 3 months apart. Multiple educational approaches were used to teach patients foot self-examination, foot washing, proper footwear, and encouragement in enlisting proper physician foot care. Knowledge and satisfaction with care was measured before and after each visit. RESULTS: The 34 patients who attended both education sessions improved their foot care knowledge over the course of the program. After the second session, the mean improvement over baseline was 14%. These patients also reported improved satisfaction with foot care; mean improvement was 33%. CONCLUSIONS: An intensive education program improved the foot care knowledge and behavior of high-risk patients. Those who adhered to a foot care education program were more satisfied with their foot care than prior to the program. Ways to improve accessibility of education sessions must be explored.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ward, A; Metz, L; Oddone, EZ; Edelman, D

Published Date

  • July 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 560 - 567

PubMed ID

  • 10614260

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0145-7217

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/014572179902500408

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States