What is it about?

Setting up multidisciplinary foot team clinics reduces the risk of amputation, but little is known about its resource requirement. We looked at 240 first attendees to an established multidisciplinary foot team clinic and evaluated the service's resource use including investigations required and specialists seen over a 6 month period.

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Why is it important?

Our study is unique as little is known about the resource use in a multidisciplinary diabetic foot clinic. It demonstrates that a functional multidisciplinary foot team clinic requires significant resources—both clinical and administrative—for prompt investigations and revascularisation ( surgery or procedure to restore and/or improve blood flow) to sustain low amputation rates. Regular appraisal of resource use helps with clinic and pathway planning


It has been a privilege to work with my co-authors who are not only experts in the field of diabetes foot care, they are also deeply passionate in diabetes limb salvage in their highly established world renowned diabetes foot unit. It has been a humbling experience to write this article with Professor Edmonds who is one of the pioneers in this field. I hope this article will be immensely useful for anyone ( diabetes foot physician, vascular surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon, podiatrist, health policy maker or administrator) who is thinking of setting up or improving a multidisciplinary foot clinic to plan its resources and clinical pathways.

huiling liew
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Resource use within a multidisciplinary foot team clinic, Journal of Wound Care, February 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2022.31.2.154.
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