Cutting costs while improving care: Samoa's diabetic foot clinic

Disease management Economic development Community health Diabetes Economic cost Samoa
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In partnership with the National Health Service in Samoa, Motivation Australia established a Diabetic Foot Clinic (DFC) at Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) Hospital in Apia, Samoa. A retrospective study of medical records provided an opportunity to compare the costs and benefits of the DFC with those of acute hospital care and amputation.

Sustaining a new initiative such as a DFC in countries where health resources are limited is challenging. The purpose of this study was to strengthen the advocacy for improved diabetic foot care in the Pacific Region, this research set out to identify the economic benefits of a DFC within the Pacific context

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