Quality of life aspects associated with diabetic foot ulcers: A review

H Gilpin, K Lagan

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It has been reported that people with diabetes have a poorer qualityof life (QoL) than people without chronic illness (Rubin and Peyrot,1999). Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the major complicationsassociated with diabetes and have been shown to impact hugely onan individual’s QoL (Rubin and Peyrot, 1999). Foot ulcers pose amajor burden for many individuals. This may also include the familyand friends of the person with diabetes, as many assist in woundcare and support the individual in coping with related physicaland emotional suffering (Brod, 1998; Vileikyte, 2001). This articleexplores the various QoL aspects associated with diabetic foot ulcersand their impact on both the affected individual and the caregiver.It also considers some of the instruments used to measure health-
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalThe Diabetic Foot Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Nov 2008


  • Diabetes ulceration
  • - Instruments
  • - Measurement of healthrelated
  • quality of life
  • - Multidisciplinary
  • management


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