Knowledge of Diabetic Foot Care among Nursing Practitioners after Interventional Training in Rivers State, Nigeria
Adequate knowledge and consistent practice
of specialized diabetic foot care greatly improves the quality of life of diabetics.
However, there has been a near absent practice of specialized diabetic foot care
observed in health institutions in Rivers State, Nigeria. The study assessed the
knowledge of diabetic foot care among 100 nurses in the University of Port Harcourt
Teaching Hospital and the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board Hospitals (which
include General Hospitals from all the local government areas) in Rivers state,
Nigeria before and after interventional training. A one-day hands-on training workshop
on diabetic foot care, adopted from the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence
(NICE), was implemented to train one hundred (100) nursing practitioners. A structured
questionnaire containing questions on different aspects of diabetic foot care was
interviewer-administered to the nurses and scored accordingly before and after the
training. Knowledge of footwear assessment and assessment of patient’s capacity
for self-care was found to be significantly low prior to training. There was significant
improvement in knowledge of the different aspects of
diabetic foot care among the nurses after the intervention. This buttresses the
need for formal training of
nursing practitioners on diabetic foot care for improvement of the quality of diabetes
care in Rivers State, Nigeria.
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