'Loss of self': a psychosocial study of the quality of life of adults with diabetic foot ulceration

J Tissue Viability. 2003 Jan;13(1):6-8, 10, 12 passim. doi: 10.1016/s0965-206x(03)80025-6.


At present, recognition of the importance of psychosocial factors in the care of individuals with diabetes is still in its infancy. Understanding of the specific psychosocial factors relating to diabetic foot ulceration is embryonic. The study reported in this paper begins to raise awareness of psychosocial quality of life issues for patients living with diabetic foot ulceration, as narrated by the patients themselves. Findings revealed a range of restrictions on daily life that profoundly affected the individual's sense of self. These findings have implications for patients' adherence to treatment. Implications of these findings for health promotion are also reported.

MeSH terms

  • Diabetic Foot / psychology*
  • Ego*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychology
  • Quality of Life / psychology*