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Descriptive study on the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the diabetic foot


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Author list: Mohammed T. Al-Hariri, Abdulaziz S. Al-Enazi, Dhaidan M. Alshammari, Ahmed S. Bahamdan, Sami M. AL-Khtani, Abdullah A.Al-Abdulwahab
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 6
Start page: 492
End page: 496
Number of pages: 5
ISSN: 1658-3612
Web of Science ID: 000448387300004
PubMed ID: 31435284
Scopus ID: 85017502721
eISSN: 1658-3612


Objectives

The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitudes, practices and risk factors influencing diabetic foot ulcers among diabetes patients attending a diabetic clinic in a Saudi hospital.

Methods

In this cross-sectional study, a random sample of 229 participants was selected from the diabetic clinic of the outpatient department of King Fahd Hospital of the University of Dammam during January to March 2015. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was administered to the diabetes patients to obtain information regarding the outcome variables.

Results

The results showed that diabetic foot ulcers were observed among 26% of diabetic patients. Concerning knowledge of the diabetic foot, the majority of participants had good education and favourable attitudes towards diabetic foot care. Interestingly, the results demonstrated that despite these characteristics, a high percentage of the participants ignored very important information and instructions before buying new shoes.

Conclusion

All diabetic patients with diabetes mellitus should be educated regarding diabetic foot complications and the characteristic specifications of diabetic shoes. However, levels of knowledge, attitudes and practices should be improved. This improvement could be achieved by an awareness programme for the early detection and care of diabetic foot problems in KSA.


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