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Abstract

ASSESSMENT OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF DIABETIC FOOT PATIENTS IN COMPARISON WITH NON DIABETIC FOOT PATIENTS AND ROLE OF CLINICAL PHARMACIST IN PATIENT COUNSELLING –A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

Dr. Shushma Muchukota*, Richard Stephen, Utsav Sarathi Yadav, Dr. Manasa Rekha and Dr. Rinku Mathappan

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In this study an endeavour is made to assess the quality of life of a diabetic foot patient in comparison with a non-diabetic patient and to improve their Quality of life (QOL) with the help of patient counselling by the involvement of clinical pharmacist. During the study diabetic and non-diabetic patients were enrolled after obtaining the consent from them. After collecting the required data from 160 patients A cross sectional observational study was done among the post operative ward of ESI Hospital Indiranagar, for 6 months period, QOL was analysed for their different criterias like economic and employment status, social habits, BMI, ulcer and amputation, complication of diabetes. It was found that the overall QOL of a diabetic patient foot is lower when compared with a non-diabetic foot patient in most of the criteria after assessment. Hence, patient counselling was done to all the diabetic foot patients involved in the study. This study has shown that the physical domain of QOL was significantly affected in diabetic persons. Out of 160 patients with Diabetic and Non Diabetic foot ulcers 128(80%)male and 32(20%)female. Statistical analysis showed that Overall perceptions about QOL and Health (P= 0.007) had a statistically significant relationship with QOL and its dimensions.So, apart from taking regular medications and health checkup, there is a requirement to tackle other components of physical domain so that their QOL will improve. While it might not be easy to change clinical outcomes with good services and support, it might be much more effective in bringing a change in QOL.

Keywords: Quality of life(QOL), A Cross sectional study, BMI.


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