Is There a Role for Informal Caregivers in the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers? A Narrative Review

Grace Messenger, Nehad Taha, Sabina Sabau, Asma AlHubail, Ali M. Aldibbiat

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Abstract

Successful management of diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) is crucial for preventing long-term morbidity and lowering risk of amputations. This can be achieved with a multifaceted approach involving a multidisciplinary team, with the patient at the centre. However, not all healthcare setups enable this, and the rate of lower limb amputations continues to rise. It is therefore time to consider new approaches to diabetic foot care, capitalising on engagement from patients in self-management while supported by their informal caregivers (ICGs) to help improve outcome. The role of ICGs in DFU care has the potential to make a significant difference in outcome, yet this resource remains, in most cases, underutilised. Limited research has been conducted in this area to reveal the true impact on patient outcomes and the caregivers themselves. This narrative review aims to explore how ICGs can benefit DFU management with applicability to different healthcare setups while benefiting from established experience in the care of other chronic health conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2025-2033
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes Therapy
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Chronic diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diabetic foot ulcer
  • Informal caregiver
  • Patient engagement

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