Aiming at "de feet" and diabetes: a rural model to increase annual foot examinations

Am J Public Health. 2004 Oct;94(10):1664-6. doi: 10.2105/ajph.94.10.1664.


Something is afoot in south central Idaho. After 2 years of work, the percentage of people with diabetes receiving recommended annual foot examinations has increased by 13.8%, exceeding the state average. This turnaround, from being the region with the lowest percentage of foot examinations in the state, was made possible when South Central District Health joined diabetes coalition members to develop a comprehensive program that maximizes limited resources in the rural, 8-county service area. Key program components include (1) development of a curriculum on CD-ROM called 2 Minute Diabetes Foot Examination, (2) training area physicians and nurses in the curriculum, (3) incorporating the curriculum into the nursing program at the local college, (4) offering free foot-screening clinics to targeted populations, and (5) conducting public education and outreach.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Diabetic Foot / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Foot / epidemiology
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration
  • Education, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Health Education / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Idaho / epidemiology
  • Mass Screening
  • Physical Examination / standards*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Rural Health*