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Diabetes nurse educators' prioritized elder foot care behaviors
Diabetes Educator
  • N. C. Martinez, University of Iowa
  • Toni Tripp-Reimer, University of Iowa
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
Diabetes Educ
PubMed ID
DOI of Published Version
10.1002/ajmg.b.30479 ER
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.
Citation Information
Diabetes Educator. 2005 Jan;31(6):858-868.