Effect of Foot Care Training Program on Knowledge and Practices of Nurses Caring for Diabetic Geriatric Patient

Document Type : Original Article


1 Nurse Specialist, Specialized Medical Hospital, Mansoura University, Egypt

2 Lecturer of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt

3 Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing,Mansoura University


Background: Diabetic foot is an essential cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetic
geriatric patients. Diabetic foot ulcer prevention is highly recommended for diabetic elderly patients. So it is important for
gerontological nurses to be proficient in recognizing, and managing this problem early to decrease its burden. Aim: to
assess the effect of foot care training program on knowledge and practices of nurses caring for diabetic geriatric patients.
Method: A quasi-experimental pre/ post research design was utilized. A convenient sample of 50 nurses who were
available during the period of data collection and provided direct care for geriatric patients. Setting: The study was carried
out at Diabetic & endocrinology unit, Diabetic intensive care unit and diabetic outpatient clinic in the Specialized Medical
Hospital that affiliated to Mansoura University. Tools of data collection: Three tools were used: demographic structured
sheet, foot care knowledge assessment sheet, and observational check list for nurse's practices regarding foot care. Results:
Training program of foot care had a significant statistical effect on increasing knowledge and practices of the nurses after
program implementation. Conclusion: The foot care training program proved to be efficient in improving nurses
knowledge and practices of foot care of diabetic elderly. Recommendations: The developed foot care booklet should be
distributed to nurses in other hospital settings caring for diabetic geriatric patients to increase their knowledge and