Diabetes nurse educators' prioritized elder foot care behaviors

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Peer Reviewed


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NLM Title Abbreviation

Diabetes Educ

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Diabetes Educator

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DOI of Published Version

10.1002/ajmg.b.30479 ER

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify diabetes nurse educators' perceptions of the most important foot care behaviors for elderly people to enact in daily care.

METHODS: A structured, open-ended questionnaire was mailed to a regionally stratified random sample of 90 diabetes nurse educators. Subjects were asked to identify and rank order 8 foot care behaviors perceived important for elderly people with diabetes to enact daily. Data were transcribed and coded into categories and domains using descriptive content analysis.

RESULTS: Forty-seven diabetes nurse educators responded with a total of 346 foot care behaviors perceived important for elders. Twenty-one major foot care behavior content categories were grouped into 4 domains of descending importance: foot/nail care, footwear/shoes, general health, and foot emergencies.

CONCLUSIONS: Diabetes nurse educators generated a range of baseline data for developing a reliable, valid, and patient foot care knowledge outcome measure to support national diabetes patient education and self-management program guidelines.


Attitude of Health Personnel, Diabetes Educators, Foot Care -- In Old Age, Health Behavior -- In Old Age, Self Care -- In Old Age, Funding Source, Aged, Content Analysis, Descriptive Research, Mail, Qualitative Studies, Questionnaires, Stratified Random Sample, Human

Published Article/Book Citation

Diabetes Educator, 31:6 (2005) pp.858-868. DOI:10.1002/ajmg.b.30479 ER.

Recommended Citation

Diabetes Educator. 2005 Jan;31(6):858-868.

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