ASSESSMENT OF KNOWIEDGE AND SELF CARE BEHAVIOUR REGARDING FOOT ULCER IN DIABETIC PATIENTS VISITING TERTIAIRY CARE HOSPITAL KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the knowledge and self care behaviour regarding foot care among the diabetic Patients.
Material & Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and 186 diabetic
subjects who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were included in the study by using non-probability sampling. The knowledge
and behaviour regarding foot care were assessed by a pre-designed Performa and classified as good (>70%),
satisfactory (50%--70%) and poor (<50%)
Results: The mean age of the patients was 51 years. About 31.7% respondents had good Knowledge, 26.3% had
satisfactory Knowledge and 42.0% had poor Knowledge about foot care. P value was 0.003.In reference to self care
behaviour only 26.8% had good practice for foot care, 41.99% had satisfactory behaviour and 42%had poor behaviour.
P value was 0.003.
Gender had shown no significant association with knowledge and behaviour (P value: 0.15) .
Conclusion: only few patients had good knowledge as well as behaviour for foot ulcer care. These patients should
receive continuous foot-specific patient education.
Key words: Diabetic Foot Ulcer, Knowledge, Behaviour