Foot care for people with diabetes: the economic case for change


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This report, from NHS Diabetes, summarises the health economic evidence relating to foot care in diabetes, and to examine the potential for quality and productivity improvements.

The paper is divided into four sections: 

  • Section I examines the scale of the problem – the incidence and prevalence of foot problems in diabetes, the impact on quality of life, prognosis and mortality, and available evidence on the quality of current care. 
  • Section II examines clinical and economic evidence on the potential to improve foot care in diabetes, and for such improvements to be cost effective and/or cost saving. 
  • Section III sets out cost estimates of current foot care for people with diabetes in England. 
  • Section IV examines the impact of MDTs on patient outcomes and NHS costs.

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