Friday, November 12, 2004

Abstract: Factors in Diabetic Footwear Compliance

Factors in Diabetic Footwear Compliance -- Macfarlane and Jensen 93 (6): 485 -- Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association Diabetic foot complications are costly and often recurrent. The use of diabetic footwear has been shown to be effective in reducing the incidence of diabetic foot ulcerations. For diabetic footwear to be most effective, it must be worn at least 60% of the time. All reported rates of compliance fall well short of this level. The style and appearance of the shoe have been commonly blamed for this poor compliance. This study evaluates patients’ motivations and perceptions regarding diabetic footwear. A patient’s decision to use diabetic footwear is based on the perceived value of the shoe and not on the patient’s previous history of foot complications or the aesthetics of diabetic footwear. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 93(6): 485-491, 2003 Nov-Dec)

-- Macfarlane and Jensen 93 (6): 485 -- Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association

Daniel J. Macfarlane, DPM *
Jeffrey L. Jensen, DPM **

* Private practice, Englewood, CO.
** Private practice, Denver, CO., Director of Z-Tech since November 2000.

Jeffrey L. Jensen, DPM - CTODr. Jensen, with 13 years of business and clinical experience has the insight on patient, physician, and payer needs. Challenging the current limitations of today's standard of care in treating and preventing chronic wounds has lead to the creation of MedEfficiency's product line.

Founder of the Diabetic Foot and Wound Center in 1994, he developed protocols forming the basis for selling and implementing case rate services for wounds under managed care. He is adjunct faculty with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.


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