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Table 5 Access and referral to specialist multi-disciplinary teams

From: How do Australian podiatrists manage patients with diabetes? The Australian diabetic foot management survey

  Total Public Private pValue
M (IQR) M (IQR)
Do you have access to a specialist multi-d foot team? 212/287 (74%) 120/147 (82%) 92/140 (66%) 0.002
How often did you refer diabetic foot ulceration? 4 (3 – 6) 5 (4 – 6) 4 (3 – 6) < 0.001
How often did you refer deep foot ulceration (probing to tendon, joint or bone)? 7 (4 – 7) 6 (6 – 7) 7 (2.5 – 7) 0.144
How often did you refer ulcers not reducing in size after 4 weeks? 5 (4 – 7) 5 (4 – 7) 5.5 (3.5 – 7) 0.124
How often did you refer ulcers in patients with absent foot pulses? 6 (4 – 7) 6 (4 – 7) 6 (3.5 – 7) 0.394
How often did you refer ulcers with ascending cellulitis? 7 (5 – 7) 7 (6 – 7) 7 (4 – 7) 0.359
How often did you refer suspected Charcot’s neuroarthropathy? 7 (5 – 7) 7 (6 – 7) 7 (2.5 – 7) 0.688
Do you have access to an expert foot care consultation via telehealth? 31/283 (11%) 29/145 (20%) 2/138 (1%) < 0.001
  1. M, median; IQR, interquartile range.
  2. 1 = never (0%), 2 = very rarely (1 – 20%), 3 = rarely (21 – 40%), 4 = sometimes (41 – 60%), 5 = often (61 – 80%), 6 = very often (81 – 99%), and, 7 = always (100%).