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How you feel about your diabetic foot ulcer has a significant effect on your survival.

How you feel about your diabetic foot ulcer has a significant effect on your survival.
Posted on April 27, 2016
Archive : April 2016
Category : News

Health psychologists from The University of Nottingham carried out some research to look at whether the life expectancy of patients with diabetic foot ulcers was affected by negative beliefs they may have about their symptoms and their attitudes to looking after their feet.

Their work involved interviewing 169 patients who had diabetic foot ulcers, on their depression levels and beliefs about their illness. They were all given the same treatment and advice on looking after their feet and then between 4 and 9 years later, information was collected on mortality rates.

Out of the 160 that they had mortality information on, 104 were still alive but 56 had died. Most of the patients had had an ulcer at some point previous to the start of the study and a third had an infected ulcer when they started the study.

Their analysis of the results led them to conclude, admittedly with a relatively small group size, that those that felt that the ulcers were associated with greater symptoms would die quicker. These patients also felt that they had no control over their ulcer, that the ulcer would last for a long time and just having an ulcer was very distressing.

They concluded that negative beliefs about their illness may influence survival in people with diabetic foot ulcers.

Follow the link to read the whole article published in the Science Daily on 25th April 

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