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Is There a Role for Informal Caregivers in the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers? A Narrative Review

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ali Aldibbiat


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© 2019, The Author(s).Successful management of diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) is crucial for preventing long-term morbidity and lowering risk of amputations. This can be achieved with a multifaceted approach involving a multidisciplinary team, with the patient at the centre. However, not all healthcare setups enable this, and the rate of lower limb amputations continues to rise. It is therefore time to consider new approaches to diabetic foot care, capitalising on engagement from patients in self-management while supported by their informal caregivers (ICGs) to help improve outcome. The role of ICGs in DFU care has the potential to make a significant difference in outcome, yet this resource remains, in most cases, underutilised. Limited research has been conducted in this area to reveal the true impact on patient outcomes and the caregivers themselves. This narrative review aims to explore how ICGs can benefit DFU management with applicability to different healthcare setups while benefiting from established experience in the care of other chronic health conditions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Messenger G, Taha N, Sabau S, AlHubail A, Aldibbiat AM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Diabetes Therapy

Year: 2019

Volume: 10

Pages: 2025-2033

Print publication date: 01/12/2019

Online publication date: 26/09/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2019

ISSN (print): 1869-6953

ISSN (electronic): 1869-6961

Publisher: Springer Healthcare


DOI: 10.1007/s13300-019-00694-z