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Need for education on footcare in diabetic patients in India.
J Assoc Physicians India. 1999 Nov; 47(11):1083-5.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

The patient himself plays the crucial role in the prevention of diabetic foot disease and therefore education on foot care is important. In this study, we have evaluated the knowledge of the diabetic subjects regarding the foot problems and the care of feet in order to identify areas that require stress in the education programme.

PATIENTS AND METHODS

Two hundred and fifty, consecutive cases of Type 2 diabetes (M:F, 176:74, age 57.2 +/- 9.7 yrs, duration 12.9 +/- 7.9 yrs) were selected for this study from the out-patient department of our hospital. A questionnaire was filled up for each patient by personal interview. The total score was 100 and a score of < 50 was considered as a low score for foot care knowledge.

RESULTS

A score of < 50 was obtained in 67.2%. Low score was more common in women (78.5%) than in men (62.5%) (chi 2 = 5.26, P = 0.022). Low scores (< 50) were more common among those with lower level of formal education (chi 2 = 70.0, P < 0.0001), there were more women with low educational status. Significant foot problems like gangrene, foot ulcers were present in 27.2% and low scores were more common among those with these complications (82% vs 62%) (chi 2 = 8.3, P = 0.004). In general the scores on awareness of general foot care principles and basic facts about the foot complications were poor. Most of them (72%) had good knowledge about the right usage of foot wear. There was a trend to have lower scores with poor formal education (chi 2 = 51.1, P < 0.0001) and also with increasing age. There was no correlation between the scores and the number of hospital visits. Multiple linear regression analyses showed that 31.2% of the variations in the scores were explained by the level of education.

CONCLUSIONS

This study underscores the importance of patient education on foot care principles, especially so, considering the magnitude of the problem of diabetes and the lower levels of literacy and poor socio economic status of many patients in this country.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Diabetes Research Centre, Royapuram, Madras, India.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10862318

Citation

Viswanathan, V, et al. "Need for Education On Footcare in Diabetic Patients in India." The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, vol. 47, no. 11, 1999, pp. 1083-5.
Viswanathan V, Shobhana R, Snehalatha C, et al. Need for education on footcare in diabetic patients in India. J Assoc Physicians India. 1999;47(11):1083-5.
Viswanathan, V., Shobhana, R., Snehalatha, C., Seena, R., & Ramachandran, A. (1999). Need for education on footcare in diabetic patients in India. The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, 47(11), 1083-5.
Viswanathan V, et al. Need for Education On Footcare in Diabetic Patients in India. J Assoc Physicians India. 1999;47(11):1083-5. PubMed PMID: 10862318.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Need for education on footcare in diabetic patients in India. AU - Viswanathan,V, AU - Shobhana,R, AU - Snehalatha,C, AU - Seena,R, AU - Ramachandran,A, PY - 2000/6/22/pubmed PY - 2000/7/25/medline PY - 2000/6/22/entrez SP - 1083 EP - 5 JF - The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India JO - J Assoc Physicians India VL - 47 IS - 11 N2 - OBJECTIVES: The patient himself plays the crucial role in the prevention of diabetic foot disease and therefore education on foot care is important. In this study, we have evaluated the knowledge of the diabetic subjects regarding the foot problems and the care of feet in order to identify areas that require stress in the education programme. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two hundred and fifty, consecutive cases of Type 2 diabetes (M:F, 176:74, age 57.2 +/- 9.7 yrs, duration 12.9 +/- 7.9 yrs) were selected for this study from the out-patient department of our hospital. A questionnaire was filled up for each patient by personal interview. The total score was 100 and a score of < 50 was considered as a low score for foot care knowledge. RESULTS: A score of < 50 was obtained in 67.2%. Low score was more common in women (78.5%) than in men (62.5%) (chi 2 = 5.26, P = 0.022). Low scores (< 50) were more common among those with lower level of formal education (chi 2 = 70.0, P < 0.0001), there were more women with low educational status. Significant foot problems like gangrene, foot ulcers were present in 27.2% and low scores were more common among those with these complications (82% vs 62%) (chi 2 = 8.3, P = 0.004). In general the scores on awareness of general foot care principles and basic facts about the foot complications were poor. Most of them (72%) had good knowledge about the right usage of foot wear. There was a trend to have lower scores with poor formal education (chi 2 = 51.1, P < 0.0001) and also with increasing age. There was no correlation between the scores and the number of hospital visits. Multiple linear regression analyses showed that 31.2% of the variations in the scores were explained by the level of education. CONCLUSIONS: This study underscores the importance of patient education on foot care principles, especially so, considering the magnitude of the problem of diabetes and the lower levels of literacy and poor socio economic status of many patients in this country. SN - 0004-5772 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10862318/Need_for_education_on_footcare_in_diabetic_patients_in_India_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/diabeticfoot.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -