Project Description

Author: Sharmili et al.


Diabetes mellitus is one of the commonest metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia. Due to multiple and prolonged complications, diabetes affects almost all systems of the body. Among diabetic complications, the foot ulcers are considered as the most preventable ones. Among people living with diabetes mellitus, 20% are at risk for foot ulceration as a result of neuropathy. However, good knowledge and practice regarding diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) reduces the risk of diabetic foot complications and ultimately amputation. Therefore, this study will assess the existing knowledge regarding foot care among diabetic patients visiting Endocrinology department, Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and write full form ( BIRDEM) . This study will be conducted through a cross-sectional approach. The study period will be four months starting from October 2022 to January 2023 Jan 23 to June 23 . A total of 323 patients with diabetic foot ulcer visiting the study place will be approached for an interview. Informed written consent will be obtained before participation. Data collection will be conducted through face-to-face interviews with a semi-structured questionnaire. The interview will require approximately 10 min to be completed. The questionnaire will consist of questions to assess the knowledge and practice regarding foot care and to collect a range of potential explanatory variables regarding sociodemographic information (age, sex, marital status, educational status, occupation, income level), information about diabetes mellitus like duration of the disease and type of diabetes mellitus. To ensure anonymity and confidentiality, the names of the participants will not be collected, and only the principal investigator will have access to the collected data. At the end of the data collection, the raw data will be extracted and imported into statistical software for analysis. The data will be analysed by SPSS v-23 and will be expressed as tables, charts, and figures. Ethical clearance will be sought from the Ethical Review Committee of DMCH, and the research will be conducted following the recommendation of the Declaration of Helsinki.

Keywords: Diabetic foot, Foot ulcer, Knowledge, Practice, Diabetic patients

Status: Ongoing

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