Diabetic Foot Ulcers May Heal More Slowly because of Psychological Factors such as Confrontational Coping Styles and Depression according to New Study

It may surprise many that a desire to “take control” by a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer may actually delay healing. According to a just-published study in Diabetologia, “confrontation coping and depression predict ulcer healing.” According to the lead author, professor Kavita Vedhara, “My colleagues and I believe that this confrontational approach may, inadvertently, be unhelpful in this context because these ulcers take a long time to heal. As a result, individuals with confrontational coping may experience distress and frustration because their attempts to take control do not result in rapid improvements.” Science Daily Article.

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