Health-Related Quality of Life Following Podiatric Surgery

Bennett, Paul J., Patterson, Carla M., & Dunne, Michael P. (2001) Health-Related Quality of Life Following Podiatric Surgery. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 91(4), pp. 164-173.


This 6-month prospective study investigated the outcomes of foot surgery performed by Fellows of the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons. The study recruited 140 patients who were treated for orthopedic, neurological, or integumentary diseases of the foot. The majority of subjects who underwent podiatric surgery experienced significant postoperative improvements in a range of health-related quality-of-life dimensions as measured by the disease-specific Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) and the generic Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire. Subjects reported a reduction in foot pain, increased levels of physical function, improved general foot health perception, and improved footwear-related quality of life. No significant adverse outcomes or unplanned re-admissions to the hospital were reported. This study demonstrates the advantage of assessing health-related quality of life as opposed to patient satisfaction.

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ID Code: 10070
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: ISBN: 87507315
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Podiatry (110318)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 American Podiatric Medical Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:47

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