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Title: Thoughts and experiences regarding leg amputation among patients with diabetic foot ulcers: A phenomenological study
Author(s): Yip, Ka Huen 
Yip, Jeffrey Yuk Chiu 
Tsui, Zoe Wai King 
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Journal: International Wound Journal 
Despite lower-limb amputation being common among patients with diabetic foot ulcers, few studies have qualitatively investigated the patients' perspectives. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the thoughts and experiences of patients with diabetic foot ulcers regarding lower-limb amputation in Hong Kong. A phenomenological study using individual, semi-structured interviews was conducted with 18 participants with foot ulcers recruited in Hong Kong between July and September 2022. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed using an interpretative phenomenological approach and a constant comparison strategy. The results highlighted four substantial themes: (a) coping or being alone and taciturn, (b) altered appearance impacting one's sense of maintaining social relations, (c) thoughts about self-efficacy and encountering a new normal, and (d) the possibility of a reduced gap in physical consequences between the old and new self. This study provided different perspectives of patients with a history of diabetic foot ulcers, even in cases where lower-limb amputation has not yet been performed. The results demonstrate that lower-limb amputation is considered a forbidden topic. This makes it culturally difficult for Chinese patients to discuss the matter with healthcare authorities and family members. Healthcare workers should be aware of how they communicate regarding lower-limb amputation.
DOI: 10.1111/iwj.14094
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
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