Care of Patients with Diabetic Foot Disease in Oman

Ibrahim S. Al-Busaidi, Nadia N. Abdulhadi, Kirsten J. Coppell

Abstract


Diabetes mellitus is a major public health challenge and causes substantial morbidity and mortality worldwide. Diabetic foot disease is one of the most debilitating and costly complications of diabetes. While simple preventative foot care measures can reduce the risk of lower limb ulcerations and subsequent amputations by up to 85%, they are not always implemented. In Oman, foot care for patients with diabetes is mainly provided in primary and secondary care settings. Among all lower limb amputations performed in public hospitals in Oman between 2002–2013, 47.3% were performed on patients with diabetes. The quality of foot care among patients with diabetes in Oman has not been evaluated and unidentified gaps in care may exist. This article highlights challenges in the provision of adequate foot care to Omani patients with diabetes. It concludes with suggested strategies for an integrated national diabetic foot care programme in Oman.



Keywords


Diabetes Mellitus, complications; Diabetic Foot; Amputations; Ulcers; Preventive Health Services; Epidemiology; Oman.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2016.16.03.002

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