Evaluation of self-care agency of patients with diabetic foot infection: A cross-sectional descriptive study
Keywords:Diabetes, Diabetic foot infection, Self-care agency
Aim: Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease and causes a major complication such as diabetic foot infection. Accordingly, we think that the mobilization of patients will decrease and self-care will decrease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the self-care agency of patients with diabetic foot infection.
Methods: This is a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study to identify the self-care agency of 97 patients with diabetic foot infection. Data were collected by face to face interview technique, using a questionnaire the Self-care Agency Scale which is consists of a total of 35 questions.
Results: When the self-care agency of the participants was evaluated, it was observed that 30.9% (n = 30) of the cases were low, 58.8% (n = 57) were moderate, and 10.3% (n = 10) were high. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between amputation time and self-care agency total score (r = 0.514, p = 0.002).
Conclusion: As a result, diabetes and its complications are an important group of diseases that we frequently encounter. We think that self-care will be better with education to be given to patients and their relatives.
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