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Table 4 Frequency that pre-specified factors are taken into account in the selection of offloading

From: A survey of offloading practices for diabetes-related plantar neuropathic foot ulcers

Participant, patient, intervention and wound-related factors Median Range
Practitioner-related factors   
Evidence-based practice 4 1 to 4
Personal experience/preference 3 2 to 4
Standard practice for your workplace* 3 0 to 4
Your expertise in prescribing/applying an intervention 4 1 to 4
The availability of staff to dedicate time required to apply/prescribe that intervention* 4 1 to 4
Whether an intervention will restrict wound care by the practitioner 4 1 to 4
Patient-related factors   
Whether an intervention will restrict activities of daily living (ADLs) 4 0 to 4
Whether an intervention will restrict hygiene 3 1 to 4
Whether an intervention will restrict wound care by the patient 3 1 to 4
How easy it is for the patient to use the intervention 4 2 to 4
Patient preference 3 0 to 4
How active the patient is 3 0 to 4
Patient work requirements 3 1 to 4
Intervention-related factors   
Cost 2 0 to 4
Whether an intervention may cause secondary complications 4 2 to 4
The availability of medical back up should secondary complications arise 4 0 to 4
Appearance of the intervention (i.e. looks) 1 0 to 2
Bulkiness and/or weight of the intervention 2 0 to 4
Whether an intervention will be well tolerated 3 2 to 4
How long an intervention will take to apply 2 0 to 4
Whether an intervention will cause gait instability 4 2 to 4
Wound-related factors   
Size of ulcer 4 2 to 4
Location of ulcer 4 0 to 4
Depth of ulcer 4 2 to 4
Associated foot deformity 4 2 to 4
Previous partial foot amputation 4 2 to 4
Number of ulcers 4 0 to 4
  1. Notes: (i) n = 36 for all variables except n = 35*, (ii) scale used was from 0 - 4 (Never = 0, Not often = 1, Sometimes = 2, Often = 3, Always = 4).