Duke Study: Care by a Podiatrist Can Reduce the Risks and Prevent Complications from Diabetes

According to an independent study conducted by Duke University published in Health Services Research:

  • Medicare‐eligible patients with diabetes were less likely to experience a lower extremity amputation if a podiatrist was a member of the patient care team.
  • Patients with severe lower extremity complications who only saw a podiatrist experienced alower risk of amputation compared with patients who did not see a podiatrist.
  • A multidisciplinary team approach that includes podiatrists most effectively prevents complications from diabetes and reduces the risk of amputations.

Sloan, F. A., Feinglos, M. N. and Grossman, D. S. , RESEARCH ARTICLE: Receipt of Care and Reduction of Lower Extremity Amputations in aNationally Representative Sample of U.S. Elderly. Health Services Research, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1475‐6773.2010.01157.x


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