Importance of factors determining the low health-related quality of life in people presenting with a diabetic foot ulcer: the Eurodiale study (pages 1382–1387)
V. Siersma, H. Thorsen, P. E. Holstein, M. Kars, J. Apelqvist, E. B. Jude, A. Piaggesi, K. Bakker, M. Edmonds, A. Jirkovska, D. Mauricio, G. Ragnarson Tennvall, H. Reike, M. Spraul, L. Uccioli, V. Urbancic, K. van Acker, J. van Baal and N. C. Schaper
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/dme.12254
- The inability to stand or walk without help is the most important determinant of poor health-related quality of life. Other factors with high importance are ulcer size, elevated C-reactive protein concentration and limb-threatening ischaemia.
- To improve health-related quality of life, treatment should not only be focused on ulcer healing but a multifactorial approach by a specialized multidisciplinary team is also important.