The COVID-19 pandemic strongly reduced the presentation rate of diabetic foot ulcers in Belgium, but the impact on severity was limited to slightly larger lesions

Last updated on 8-12-2023 by An-Sofie Vanherwegen

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Aim: The Belgian government introduced a national COVID-19 lockdown from 14/03 until 03/05/2020. Free movement was restricted and only urgent medical care was allowed. Although diabetic foot clinics (DFC) were advised to treat all foot problems as urgent, patients were reluctant to visit the hospital. This study investigates the impact of the lockdown on presentation rate and diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) severity at presentation. Method: Within the ongoing national care quality improvement initiative (IQED-Foot), a prospective cohort study was conducted among 22 DFC. 887 consecutive patient…

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