Optimal organisation of health care in diabetic foot disease (EURODIALE)



TypeHSR Project
SummaryDiabetic foot disease is one of the most feared complications of diabetes; it has important effects on quality of life and poses important demands on the health care system in terms of manpower and costs. At this moment there are approximately 660.000 diabetic individuals in Europe with a foot ulcer and approximately 70 000 will undergo a lower-limb amputation. Earlier studies suggest that health care organisation is one of the most important determinants of the outcome of a diabetic foot ulcer. The present project aims to determine the optimal health care organisation for these patients, taking potential differences in patient characteristics and management strategies into account. As outcome variables will be used: 1) clinical endpoints, 2) quality of life and 3) economic costs. Data will be collected in 14 diabetic foot centres from different regions of Europe. The results will also facilitate the formulation of "best evidence based practice in management of diabetic foot disease" to optimise and harmonise strategic and organisational aspects of care, taking differences in health care systems into account.
CountriesBelgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
SectorsPrimary, Hospital
TopicsHealth Policy
Last update date09-20-2011 11:25


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