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Health-Related Quality of Life Following Podiatric Surgery

Paul J. Bennett DipAppSc(Pod), GradDip(Hlth), MPH, PhD1, Carla Patterson PhD2, and Michael P. Dunne PhD2
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  • 1 Lecturer, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland 4059 Australia.
  • | 2 Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland.
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This 6-month prospective study investigated the outcomes of foot surgery performed by Fellows of the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons. The study recruited 140 patients who were treated for orthopedic, neurological, or integumentary diseases of the foot. The majority of subjects who underwent podiatric surgery experienced significant postoperative improvements in a range of health-related quality-of-life dimensions as measured by the disease-specific Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) and the generic Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire. Subjects reported a reduction in foot pain, increased levels of physical function, improved general foot health perception, and improved footwear-related quality of life. No significant adverse outcomes or unplanned re-admissions to the hospital were reported. This study demonstrates the advantage of assessing health-related quality of life as opposed to patient satisfaction. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 91(4): 164-173, 2001)