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Title: Nurses' perceptions of their role in educating patients with diabetes about foot care
Authors: Chetcuti, Lara Marie
Keywords: Nursing
Diabetes
Patient education
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Chetcuti, L. M. (2012). Nurses' perceptions of their role in educating patients with diabetes about foot care (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: This small-scale study aimed to explore the nurses' perceptions of their role in educating patients with diabetes about foot care. The methodology used consisted of the collection of quantitative and qualitative data through the use of semi-structured, self-administered questionnaires, which were administered to 55 nurses who take care of patients suffering from diabetes mellitus, who are at risk of developing foot complications. The settings were acute surgical wards, the tissue viability unit and the diabetes endocrine outpatient centre at a local general hospital. The findings include quantitative and qualitative data, which are presented in the form of bar graphs. Participation was voluntary and participation withdrawal, at any point in time, was permitted. The results showed that although the majority of the nursing participants exhibited confidence when caring for patients with diabetes who are at risk of developing foot complications, and perceive their foot care education to diabetic patients as beneficial, there still are hindering factors which limit foot care education. These hindering factors were: nurses' lack of knowledge on diabetic foot care, lack of time for teaching, incompliant patients, lack of patient family support, lack of educational resources and role conflict among health care professionals. Moreover, enhancing factors towards patient education were: the use of educational resources, the need for more time for patient education and the integration of the multidisciplinary team. Emphasis was made on the need for communication among health care professionals and between patients and the health care professionals. On the basis of the data obtained through this small-scale study, recommendations were made in order to improve the nurses' role in patient education on diabetic foot care. The need for training workshop programmes based on foot care education in diabetes for nurses, new foot care guidelines for diabetes, and the integration of the multidisciplinary team in the patients' foot care, were recommended. Due to the limitations of the study, more in-depth research needs to be carried out so as to analyse further, the nurses' perceptions of their role in educating patients with diabetes about foot care.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/65418
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Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2012

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