Can podiatrists impact upon self-management for people with type 2 diabetes? a proposal for 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 proposal for a randomised controlled trial, , , , ,
Type 2 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. The construct of self- management has become a panacea for long-term conditions in recent health care policy developments, both in the UK and globally. The reality of adopting this policy into practice presents significant challenges for health care professionals and patients - many of whom are conditioned into a medical model of care. Podiatrists are one of the most likely allied health professions to have regular consultations with people who have diabetes, particularly once complications have developed. They are well placed to explore the reality of implementing long-term support of self-management strategies.