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Title: The care process of diabetic foot ulcer: patients’ experience at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
Authors: Lampinley, Ajaratu
Budu, Isaac Hayford
Keywords: Diabetic
Foot Ulcer
Patients’ Experience
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2021
Abstract: Globally the prevalence of Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is 6.3% and in Africa it is 7.2%. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDN) ranges from 16% to as high as 66% and is the primary risk factor for the development of diabetic foot ulcers. Infected diabetic foot ulcers are responsible for 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations. This study seeks to explore and describe the care processes of patients living with Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) who report to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). An exploratory descriptive qualitative design was used. A semi structured interview guide was the tool used and in-depth interviews were conducted with 11participants purposively selected living with DFU who were receiving treatment at KATH. Data was analyzed using Miles and Huberman content analysis. The study revealed inadequate knowledge on DFU prevention and management among the participants. The study found that cost, emotional stress, inability to attend social functions, mobility, stigmatization, grooming, and readmission were the challenges faced with the management of DFU. The main support system available to patients living with DFU included supports from family, friends, spiritual support and healthcare providers. The study found self-management of DFU as the key post discharge care practiced by the participants. However, non-hospitalized interventions such as applying herbal preparation caused wound infections which resulted to readmissions. The findings have policy implications for nursing education and practices in Ghana. Multi-disciplinary approach (medical doctor, surgeon, nurse educator, endocrinologist, podiatrist etc.) should be adopted at all health stakeholders and practitioners in managing and combating DFU
Description: A thesis submitted to the Department of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award Degree of Master of Philosophy in Nursing .November, 2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/14496
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