Vol 11, No 4 (2010): Practical Diabetology
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Published online: 2010-12-30

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Level of knowledge on diabetic foot syndrome in type 2 diabetic patients

Anna Karłowicz, Anna Korzon-Burakowska, Anna Skuratowicz-Kubica, Katarzyna Kunicka, Ewa Świerblewska, Igor Burakowski
Diabetologia Praktyczna 2010;11(4):109-117.

Abstract


INTRODUCTION. Effective treatment of diabetic foot syndrome should include not only medical intervention but also education and motivation of patients. The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of knowledge on diabetic foot syndrome in type 2 diabetic patients living in the urban and rural areas.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. The studied group consisted of 60 type 2 diabetic patients, who have already been educated on diabetic foot syndrome prevention. The original questionnaire evaluating knowledge, proper care and education in diabetic foot together with social and demographic data was used in the study.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS. Patients living in the urban and rural area know and use the rules of proper diabetic foot care only in 71% and 75% respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between the levels of knowledge of patients living in the urban and rural areas. Among the patients living in urban areas more persons have access to diabetic outpatient care with diabetic foot room. The level of knowledge of studied group is insufficient. The knowledge of patients does not go together with a proper care.
(Diabet. Prakt. 2010; 11, 4: 109-117)

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