The impact of diabetic foot problems on health-related quality of life of people with diabetes

  • Author / Creator
    Inagaki Nagase, Fernanda N
  • People with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing foot complications and this chronic condition continues to be the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations in Canada. The purpose of this thesis was to examine the impact diabetic foot problems have on health-related quality of life of people with diabetes, through a systematic review and a cross-sectional analysis of a population with type 2 diabetes living in Alberta. Both studies found an association between reduced HRQOL and diabetic foot problems. Mainly, lower physical health, measured with the SF-36/12, correlated with the severity of foot complications in people with diabetes. The highest decrement on mental health was found in people with diabetes reporting ulceration, which also had the lowest index score, measured with the EQ-5D-5L in the cross-sectional study. Individuals with either or both risk factors for diabetic foot problems, neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease were also associated with lower physical, mental and perceived health compared to individuals with diabetes but no foot complications. This research implies that interventions to promote better quality of life are needed throughout the different stages of foot problems in people with diabetes.

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    Master of Science
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • School of Public Health
  • Specialization
    • Health Technology Assessment
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Ohinmaa, Arto (School of Public Health)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Yeung, Rose (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)
    • Nguyen, Thanh (School of Public Health)
    • Johnson, Jeffrey A (School of Public Health)