Background: Diabetes related foot disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetic patients. Interventions to reduce the burden of diabetic foot disease are highly cost effective.
An estimated 15% of patients with diabetes develop foot ulcer. Good knowledge and practice regarding diabetic foot care will reduce the risk of diabetic foot complications and ultimately amputation Objective: This study is conducted to assess patients' knowledge, practice and barriers of foot self-care among diabetic patients attending Tanta University Hospitals
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 2016, included 264 diabetic patients attending outpatients clinics at Tanta University hospitals. Data was collected through interviewing patients using a questionnaire based on recommendations of the American Diabetes Association Results: 42.0% of the participants were males and 58.0% were females. Half of them had good knowledge level [51%] , while [62.2%] had inadequate self-foot care practice. There was a significant association between level of education with the level of diabetic foot care knowledge and practice. Poor communication between patients and health care providers [54.7%] and lack of adequate knowledge [50.2%] were the most reported barriers
Conclusion: The overall practice score of studied patients, was inadequate and they were not adequately caring for their feet in spite of their good knowledge
Mira M. Abu elenin ,Mira M. Abu elenin ,Ahmed A. Elshoura ,Ghada M. Alghazaly ,
Knowledge practice and barriers of foot self-care among diabetic patients at Tanta university hospitals Egypt,
Egypt. J. Community Med. 2018;
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