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Experiences and guidelines for footcare practices of patients witli diabetes mellitus

P. Matwa, M. M. Chabeli, M. Muller, N. S. Levitt
Curationis | Vol 26, No 1 | a1290 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v26i1.1290 | © 2003 P. Matwa, M. M. Chabeli, M. Muller, N. S. Levitt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 March 2003 | Published: 27 March 2003

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P. Matwa,, South Africa
M. M. Chabeli,, South Africa
M. Muller,, South Africa
N. S. Levitt,, South Africa

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Abstract

The former Transkei is a predominantly rural region of the Eastern Cape Province. The poor infrastructure in this area results in inaccessibility of the available health services. The majority is ill equipped to deliver optimum diabetes care. There is an increase of lower limb amputations and lack of knowledge among patients with diabetes mellitus in the former Transkei. These complications can be prevented by patient education on self-management and appropriate footcare procedures. This qualitative study was conducted to explore and describe the experiences and footcare practices of diabetic patients who live in the rural areas of Transkei.

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