Illness beliefs predict mortality in patients with diabetic foot ulcers

Kavita Vedhara
Background: Patients’ illness beliefs have been associated with glycaemic control in diabetes and survival in other conditions. Objective: We examined whether illness beliefs independently predicted survival in patients with diabetes and foot ulceration. Methods: Patients (n=169) were recruited between 2002 and 2007. Data on illness beliefs were collected at baseline. Data on survival were extracted on 1st November 2011. Number of days survived reflected the number of days from date of recruitment to 1st November...
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