Regularity of preventive foot care in persons with diabetes: Results from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study†
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 226–237, June 2008
How to Cite
Iversen, M. M., Østbye, T., Clipp, E., Midthjell, K., Uhlving, S., Graue, M. and Hanestad, B. R. (2008), Regularity of preventive foot care in persons with diabetes: Results from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study. Res. Nurs. Health, 31: 226–237. doi: 10.1002/nur.20255
The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (the HUNT study) is a collaboration between the HUNT Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Verdal, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo and the Nord-Trøndelag County Council. Marjolein Iversen was supported by the Bergen University College to complete this study. We thank Katrina Krause for technical assistance.
- Issue published online: 13 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 SEP 2007
- diabetes mellitus;
- diabetic foot;
- health survey;
The purpose of the present study was to examine the regularity of preventive care for persons with diabetes in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study to identify associated demographic, lifestyle, and disease-related factors. Among 1,972 persons with diabetes, 1,459 (74%) answered questions related to preventive foot care. The final sample included 1,312 persons with known diabetes, but without a self-reported history of foot ulcer. Almost 85% reported receiving regular clinical diabetes examinations, 31.7% reported regular foot inspection by health care personnel, and 66.3% reported foot self-inspection. Only 58.8% reported regular clinical diabetes examination combined with foot inspection. Males, patients not using insulin, and those with shorter diabetes duration or macrovascular complications were more likely to report less regular preventive care. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:226–237, 2008