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Effect of an Educational Intervention on Nurses’ Knowledge of Foot Care and on the Foot Health of Older Residents

Minna Stolt MNSc1,2, Pirkko Routasalo PhD, RN1, Riitta Suhonen PhD, RN1, and Helena Leino-Kilpi PhD, RN1
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  • 1 Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.
  • | 2 Finnish Post-Graduate School in Nursing Science, Turku, Finland.
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Background: Older people have multiple foot health problems; therefore, nursing staff need to pay attention to the foot care of older people, especially in long-term care and nursing homes. The aim of this study was to investigate the knowledge of nursing staff (n = 16) regarding foot care, their foot-care activities, and the health of residents’ (n = 43) feet in a nursing home before and after an intervention (educational program).

Methods: Nursing staff in a nursing home received a foot-care educational program that consisted of lectures and demonstrations.

Results: After the intervention, nursing staff knowledge of foot care and foot-care activities had partially improved, which was mainly seen in residents’ skin health.

Conclusions: The results of this study indicate that an educational program can change nursing staff knowledge of foot care and their foot-care activities. However, the educational program tested in this study needs further development. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 101(2): 159–166, 2011)

Corresponding author: Minna Stolt, MNSc, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Lemminkäisenkatu 1, Turku, FI-20014, Finland. (E-mail: minna.stolt@utu.fi)