Standardising practices improves clinical diabetic foot management: the Queensland Diabetic Foot Innovation Project, 2006-09
Lazzarini, Peter A, O'Rourke, Sharon R, Russell, Anthony W, Derhy, Patrick H, & Kamp, Maarten C (2012) Standardising practices improves clinical diabetic foot management: the Queensland Diabetic Foot Innovation Project, 2006-09. Australian Health Review, 36, pp. 8-15.
Objective. The aim of this paper is to report the clinical practice changes resulting from strategies to standardise diabetic
foot clinical management in three diverse ambulatory service sites in Queensland, Australia.
Methods. Multifaceted strategies were implemented in 2008, including: multidisciplinary teams, clinical pathways,
clinical training, clinical indicators, and telehealth support. Prior to the intervention, none of the aforementioned strategies
were used, except one site had a basic multidisciplinary team. A retrospective audit of consecutive patient records from July
2006 to June 2007 determined baseline clinical activity (n = 101).Aclinical pathway teleform was implemented as a clinical
activity analyser in 2008 (n = 327) and followed up in 2009 (n = 406). Pre- and post-implementation data were analysed using
Chi-square tests with a significance level set at P < 0.05.
Results. There was an improvement in surveillance of the high risk population of 34% in 2008 and 19% in 2009, and
treating according to risk of 15% in 2009 (P < 0.05). The documentation of all best-practice clinical activities performed
improved 13–66% (P < 0.03).
Conclusion. These findings support the use of multifaceted strategies to standardise practice and improve diabetic foot
complications management in diverse ambulatory services.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Ambulatory, Clinical practice, Foot Ulcer|
|ISSN:||1449-8944 (online) 0156-5788 (print)|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Endocrinology (110306)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association|
|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2012 11:33|
|Last Modified:||07 Nov 2012 19:40|
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