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diabetic foot ulcers, qualitative research, diabetes complications



  1. Kuhnke, Janet L. RN, BA, BScN, MS
  2. Bailey, Patricia Hill RN, BN, MHSc, PhD
  3. Woodbury, M. Gail BScPT, MSc, PhD
  4. Burrows, Mona RN(EC), BScN, MScN, NP-PHC


PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence with knowledge about using qualitative methodologies to understand diabetic foot ulcers and amputations.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Analyze qualitative research methodologies.


2. Summarize how conclusions from qualitative research relate to diabetes mellitus and its complications.


ABSTRACT: Persons living with diabetes are at high risk for foot complications, lower extremity trauma, injury, ulceration, infection, and potential amputation. Qualitative health research helps to explore and understand more fully the complexities of diabetes. Qualitative health research seeks to understand what is happening and going on for the individual and his/her support persons. In addition, qualitative health research enables clinicians to appreciate how different qualitative research approaches can explore illness from the perspective of the individual living with the disease.