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Evid Based Nurs 8:80 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.3.80
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At-home foot temperature monitoring reduced foot complications in high risk patients with diabetes


 
 Q What is the effectiveness of at-home, infrared foot temperature monitoring for preventing foot complications in high risk patients with diabetes?

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

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GraphicFollow up period:

6 months.

GraphicSetting:

high risk diabetes foot clinics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas.

GraphicPatients:

85 patients 18–80 years of age (mean age 55 y, 51% men) who had diabetes (World Health Organization criteria) and were at high risk of developing diabetic foot ulcerations (International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot risk group 2 or 3—ie, history of foot ulceration or lower extremity amputation, or peripheral sensory neuropathy with loss of protective sensation or foot deformity such as hallux valgus or claw toes). Exclusion criteria were open ulcers or open amputation sites, active Charcot arthropathy, peripheral vascular disease, active foot infection, dementia, impaired cognitive function, or …

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