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01-12-2017 | Research | Uitgave 1/2017 Open Access

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 1/2017

A survey of people with foot problems related to rheumatoid arthritis and their educational needs

Tijdschrift:
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research > Uitgave 1/2017
Auteurs:
Andrea S. Graham, John Stephenson, Anita E. Williams
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​s13047-017-0193-6) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Abstract

Background

Up to 50% of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have foot symptoms at diagnosis, hence early foot health intervention is recommended and this should include patient education. This study identifies, for the first time, the foot health education (FHE) needs of people with RA.

Methods

An online survey of people with RA (n = 543) captured quantitative data in relation to the aims, methods of delivery, content, timing and accessibility of FHE.

Results

The majority concurred about the aims of FHE. Verbal delivery and websites were the most common methods. Written and verbal FHE were perceived to be the most effective methods. The point of diagnosis was the preferred time to receive it. Lack of access to FHE included minimal focus on foot health during consultations by both health practitioners and patients with RA. Participant gender, age, disease duration and living situation had a statistically significant influence on the results.

Conclusion

Foot health education is rarely considered within the medical consultation. There is a lack of patient and/or health professional awareness of this need with a detrimental impact on foot health. Patients require health professionals to identify their foot education health needs. Tailored foot health education should begin at initial diagnosis.

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Extra materiaal
Additional file 1: Rheumatoid Arthritis foot health education survey for patients (PDF 148 kb)
13047_2017_193_MOESM1_ESM.pdf
Additional file 2: P-values arising from statistical analyses of participants’ survey responses by section, in relation to gender, age, disease duration and living situation. * - Denotes significance at the 5% level. (DOCX 80 kb)
13047_2017_193_MOESM2_ESM.docx
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