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Table 6 Education and management practices following a vascular assessment

From: Lower limb vascular assessment techniques of podiatrists in the United Kingdom: a national survey

Education topics discussed following vascular assessment a Smoking cessation 189 (69.5%)
Exercise advice 166 (61.0%)
Dietary advice 67 (24.6%)
Diabetes control 59 (21.7%)
Medication options 55 (20.2%)
Interpretation of results of assessments 49 (18.0%)
Lifestyle modifications 46 (16.9%)
Referral options 42 (15.4%)
Foot health self-care 41 (15.1%)
Cardiovascular risk 37 (13.6%)
Implications of reduced wound healing 35 (12.9%)
Hypertension management 27 (9.9%)
Pain management 24 (8.8%)
Footwear advice 23 (8.5%)
Weight management 22 (8.1%)
Cholesterol lowering 19 (7.0%)
Comorbidities 17 (6.3%)
Alcohol reduction 11 (4.0%)
Hosiery advice 9 (3.3%)
Premature death 9 (3.3%)
Family history 7 (2.6%)
Keeping feet warm 6 (2.2%)
Limb elevation 5 (1.8%)
Moisturising skin 4 (1.5%)
Limb compression 2 (0.7%)
Adequate sleep 2 (0.7%)
Stress reduction 1 (0.4%)
Comfortable discussing premature vascular event due to PAD diagnosis b Yes 183 (64.4%)
No 52 (18.3%)
Unsure 49 (16.9%)
Comfortable deciding on ongoing management of patient based on vascular assessment b Yes 205 (72.2%)
No 30 (10.6%)
Unsure 49 (17.3%)
Initial referral following vascular assessment c Vascular surgical team 83 (28.3%)
General practitioner 158 (67.6%)
Vascular laboratory 16 (5.5%)
Podiatry-led PAD team 31 (10.6%)
Other 14 (4.8%)
  1. Values are presented as n (%). a 272 (88.6%) of participants; b 284 (92.5%) of participants; c 293 (95.4%) of participants. PAD = peripheral arterial disease