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Title: Diabetic foot ulcer care: a concept analysis of the term integrated into nursing practice
Authors: Sumarno A. Subrata
Rutja Phuphaibul
Muhammadiyah University of Magelang
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2019
Citation: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Vol.33, No.2 (2019), 298-310
Abstract: © 2019 Nordic College of Caring Science Background: Diabetic foot ulcer care demonstrates a beneficial approach to overcoming problems in patients with diabetes. This approach is frequently given but is not always successfully implemented due to its fragmentation amid healthcare providers. What's more, there are a number of different understandings, interchangeable languages and an absence of uniformity overlapping terminologies of meaning for diabetic foot ulcer care. Therefore, analysing the concept of diabetic foot ulcer care is important to provide a wider nursing knowledge, synthesise a greater theoretical model and drive more effective care of diabetic foot ulcer. Objective: This article aimed to analyse how the concept of diabetic foot ulcer care is clearly defined in the relevant evidence as it has several implications in nursing practice. Method: Walker and Avant's (1995) method of concept analysis was systematically used in this study. Findings: Three critical attributes of diabetic foot ulcer care were determined consisting of assessment, intervention and evaluation. Constructed cases are also presented to differentiate the concept of diabetic foot ulcer care from other concepts. This concept analysis results in the critical attributes of diabetic foot ulcer care, defines an operational definition and describes common goals that improve clarity, consistency and understanding of the concept amid healthcare professionals along with researchers. Conclusion: Effective implementation of the concept of DFU care into clinical nursing practice may undoubtedly improve patient outcomes and prevent the complexities of DFU in the years to come. Future research needs to be developed for evaluating the current use of this concept.
ISSN: 14716712
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2019

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