Can podiatrists impact upon self-management for people with type 2 diabetes? A randomised controlled trial
Thomson, Colin E.
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Dunphy, M. & Thomson, C. (2010) Can podiatrists impact upon self-management for people with type 2 diabetes? A randomised controlled trial, , , , ,
Type diabetes has reached epidemic levels in the UK. It is the principle reason for lower limb amputation, renal failure and blindness as well as a major cause of fatal heart disease. Effective management of the condition inevitably means good self management by people living with diabetes on a daily basis. Dietary changes to improve blood sugar (HbA1c) control provide on-going challenges for both patients and health care professionals. Podiatrists are the most likely health profession to have regular consultations with diabetic patients, particularly once complications have developed. They are well placed to implement long-term support of self-management strategies based on a valid theoretical framework.