Do you want to organize a multidisciplinary diabetic foot clinic? We can help.

Abstract

The diabetic foot (DF) is a complex pathology involving the lower limb of 8 to 10 million people around the world, and its prevalence is rising, creating a dramatic need for effective therapeutic answers. The multidisciplinary DF clinic has been proposed as a model to fight this complication from the International Working Group on Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) inside a more articulated 3-level organization strategy. The organization and technical aspects of this strategy, together with the characteristics of each of the 3 levels have been analyzed and described in the article, together with the aims and limitations of each of the levels to cope with a 3-dimensional pathology involving systemic, local, and logistic aspects. The implementation of this model in Europe produced positive results measured so far in at least 2 nationwide experiences, in Germany and in Italy, and it should be taken in account whenever health policies apply to the DF issue.

DOI: 10.1177/1534734614545876

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@article{Piaggesi2014DoYW, title={Do you want to organize a multidisciplinary diabetic foot clinic? We can help.}, author={Alberto Piaggesi and Alberto Coppelli and Chiara Goretti and Elisabetta Iacopi and Chiara Mattaliano}, journal={The international journal of lower extremity wounds}, year={2014}, volume={13 4}, pages={363-70} }