A nursing metaparadigm perspective of diabetic foot ulcer care.

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    • Abstract:
      Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a serious complication of diabetes that impact on the patient, their social environment, overall health, and on nursing practice. Nursing scholars have integrated theories on practice to overcome these problems, but a lack of agreement in the available literature acts as a barrier to implementing these in practice. For that reason, using a nursing metaparadigm as a theoretical framework would assist nurses in managing care purposefully and proactively, thus possibly improving outcomes. There has been little discussion about the nursing metaparadigm in relation to DFU care. This article aims to identify why Fawcett's theory of the nursing metaparadigm is important as a fundamental part of DFU care. Understanding this will help to elucidate the phenomenon of DFUs. Moreover, identifying the elements of the DFU care framework is essential to improve reflective practice and intervention. This article discusses the concept of the nursing metaparadigm and its implications for practice in the care of patients with DFUs. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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