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Foot temperature monitoring at home reduced foot complications in high risk patients with diabetes

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 Q What is the effectiveness of at home, infrared foot temperature monitoring for preventing foot complications in high risk patients with diabetes?

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randomised controlled trial.

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6 months.

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high risk diabetes foot clinics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas.

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85 patients 18–80 years of age (mean age 55 y, 51% men) who had diabetes (World Health Organization criteria) and were at high risk of developing diabetic foot ulcerations (International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot risk group 2 or 3—ie, history of foot ulceration or lower extremity amputation, or peripheral sensory neuropathy with loss of protective sensation or foot deformity such as hallux valgus or claw toes). Exclusion criteria: open …

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  • For correspondence: Dr L A Lavery, Scott and White Hospital, Temple, TX, USA.

  • Source of funding: National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.