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Illness Beliefs Predict Mortality in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Vedhara, Kavita, Dawe, Karen, Miles, Jeremy N.V., Wetherell, Mark A., Cullum, Nicky, Dayan, Colin, Drake, Nicola, Price, Patricia, Tarlton, John, Weinman, John, and others. (2016) Illness Beliefs Predict Mortality in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers. PloS one, 11 (4). E-ISSN 1932-6203. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153315)

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Abstract

Background

We examined whether illness beliefs independently predicted survival in patients with diabetes and foot ulceration.

Methods

Cox regressions examined the predictors of time to death and identified ischemia and identity beliefs (beliefs regarding symptoms associated with foot ulceration) as significant predictors of time to death.

Conclusions

Our data indicate that illness beliefs have a significant independent effect on survival in patients with diabetes and foot ulceration. These findings suggest that illness beliefs could improve our understanding of mortality risk in this patient group and could also be the basis for future therapeutic interventions to improve survival.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153315
Uncontrolled keywords: ulcers, diabetes mellitus, ischemia, depression, emotions, patients, neuropathy, HbA1c
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Data Science
Depositing User: Daniele Soria
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 15:39 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 11:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79608 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Soria, Daniele: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0164-8218
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