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Indications, outcomes and prevention of lower extremity amputations across New Brunswick

Category(s): Health
Status: Active
Principal: Gwyneth de Vries
Project Number: P0055
Year Approved: 2021

Project Description

Major amputation above the ankle is one of the most feared complications of diabetes – the subsequent health issues and loss of quality of life are significant. Currently, rates of lower extremity amputation (LEA) are increasing, especially in rural areas, as well as increases in the prevalence of diabetes. However, this does not need to be the case as preventative measures, such as accessible multidisciplinary team care, help reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcers that lead to LEA. This project will characterize LEAs in New Brunswick, and describe the demographic, service use history, and health status of individuals undergoing LEAs. This project will also conduct an evaluation of early low-cost intervention in terms of foot care for diabetic patients at risk of LEA.