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Survey: How do podiatrists in the UK promote foot self-care and support positive behaviour change in patients with diabetes?

Survey: How do podiatrists in the UK promote foot self-care and support positive behaviour change in patients with diabetes?

Diabetic foot disease places an enormous financial burden on the NHS, and is the leading cause of non-traumatic limb amputation in the UK, with five-year mortality rates following a diabetic foot ulceration or amputation higher than many types of cancer. Effective self-management is important in this population. Patient education is a widely used intervention and is considered to be an integral aspect of diabetes management as a means of promoting foot self-care. However, research suggests that increased knowledge rarely translates to positive behaviour change and a different approach is required. Behaviour change techniques are being utilised by other health professionals such as dieticians when supporting their patients with obesity management, as per NICE guidelines. There is currently no evidence to suggest that podiatrists in the UK are using behaviour change techniques in their practice. The aim of this study is to explore the current level of knowledge and practice of patient-centered support versus prescriptive instruction in consultations regarding diabetes foot care, across the profession.

This survey (which is approved under CoP R&D criteria), is being run by Podiatrist Chloe Egan, who is conducting this NIHR funded Masters in Clinical Research at Coventry University. 

Complete the survey here.

 

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