Lessons from Eurodiale

N. C. Schaper*

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The European Study Group on Diabetes and the Lower Extremity is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary network of 14 centres from ten countries. In 2003-2004, all patients treated in the participating centres because of a new diabetic foot ulcer (n=1232) were included in a prospective observational study. Subjects attended follow-up visits on a monthly basis until final outcome: healing of the foot, lower-leg amputation, death or non-healing after 1?year. During all visits, data were recorded on standardized case record forms by investigators who were trained during several plenary meetings and on-site visits. Unique aspects of the study were its size, the pan-European scope and the integrated/holistic approach for a multi-organ disease. In this review, the main findings of the study and its implications for diabetic foot care are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
JournalDiabetes-metabolism Research and Reviews
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • diabetic foot ulcer
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • amputation
  • infection
  • costs
  • delivery of care

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