Diabetic Foot Top 10 Priorities (priority setting in association with the JLA)

A workshop was held on 14th June 2021 to bring together patients and healthcare professionals to jointly agree a priority list for diabetic foot research.  The results were as follows:

  1. What is the most effective way of preventing diabetic foot ulcers?
  2. What is the most effective way of preventing further amputation after toe amputation for diabetic foot disease?
  3. Why are there delays in referral for diabetic foot disease?
  4. How can outcomes in diabetic patients with foot infection be improved?
  5. What is the best way of improving blood flow to the leg in people with diabetes?
  6. Can risk assessment be improved in patients with diabetic foot complications?
  7. What is the most effective way of preventing recurrence of diabetic foot ulcers?
  8. What factors affect healing time in diabetic foot disease?
  9. How can awareness of diabetic foot complications be promoted?
  10. Is an annual foot check for diabetic foot problems worthwhile?

The following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:

  1. Could more patients learn to self-administer antibiotics if needed / required?
  2. Is maggot therapy effective in diabetic foot ulcer healing?