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PREVENTION OF DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS AND PATIENT EDUCATION

Giannopoulos Georgios, Kelesi Martha, Vasilopoulos Georgios

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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2018

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Pages: 119-132

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2320584

Abstract:

Introduction: Diabetic foot ulcers present one of the most serious complications of diabetes mellitus with adverse psychosocial, as well as economical effects on modern society.Patient education, is particularly important, as it plays a key role in the prevention of diabetic ulcers. Aim: The aim of the present systematic review, was the investigation of the education of diabetes patients, with a view to preventing the onset of diabetic ulcer. Materials and Methods: A systematic review of the bibliography, as well as an article search was carried out, both in Greek journals and using the international Pub Med database. A time limit was set, regarding the date of publication of articles (articles published over the last five years). 70 were found studies, 9 of which met the criteria for their participation in the review. Results: The results of the studies indicate, that educational programs for diabetes patients, contribute significantly to the improvement of foot care practice, raise the awareness level, reduce the risk of ulceration and lead to the significant improvement of foot health. Conclusions: Educational programs are vital, as they can lead to the improvement of daily foot care in diabetic patients, thus reducing the prevalence of diabetic ulcers.

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