Diabetes in Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

The first article under analysis is a systematic review entitled “Diabetic Foot Ulcer: An Evidence-Based Treatment Update” and written by Braun, Fisk, Lev-Tov, Kirsner, and Isseroff (2014). The purpose of the study is to identify recent evidence-based assessments of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) therapies. The authors suggest directions for further research. The type of nursing theory applied to the given article is empirical.

The authors contribute to the science of nursing by describing DFU, stress on the importance of the problem, explain why this problem occurs, provide the assessment of existing DFU therapies, and demonstrate the results concerning the efficaciousness of these therapies (Braun et al., 2014). The authors focus on the value of changes and outcomes by stating that in future studies, it is crucial to consider various outcome measures such as wound healing, quality of life, ulcer recurrence, and cost effectiveness. Additionally, the authors emphasize on the necessity of conducting further research in this area (Alligood, 2014).

The second article under analysis is a quantitative study entitled “Assessment of Diabetes-Related Knowledge among Nursing Staff in a Hospital Setting” and written by Abduelkarem and El-Shareif (2013). The purpose of the study is to improve the quality of care for patients having diabetes but being in a hospital for other reasons. According to the results, the level of knowledge among the nursing staff concerning diabetes turned out to be insufficient; therefore, various educational programs on diabetes management are recommended for the improvement of nurses’ care and knowledge (Abduelkarem & El-Shareif, 2013).

The type of nursing theory applied to this article is ethical. The authors focus on the overall competence of nurses and ethical issues that give the impetus to nurses to provide comprehensive care to their patients. Additionally, the authors emphasize on the moral obligation of nurses to care for their patients and claim that if the deficiency of knowledge about diabetes among the nursing staff is eliminated, the quality of life of patients with diabetes who are admitted to hospital will be significantly improved (Alligood, 2014).

References

Abduelkarem, A. R., & El-Shareif, H. J. (2013). Assessment of diabetes-related knowledge among nursing staff in a hospital setting. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, 17(6), 207-218.

Alligood, M. R. (2014). Nursing theorists and their work. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Health Sciences.

Braun, L. R., Fisk, W. A., Lev-Tov, H., Kirsner, R. S., & Isseroff, R. R. (2014). Diabetic foot ulcer: An evidence-based treatment update. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 15(3), 267-281.

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