A review on tools for measuring activity limitation in diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Keywords:Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, Activity limitation, Disability, Assessment, Tools, ICF
The burden of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) ranges from 10.5% to 32.2% and up to half of the diabetic patients will eventually develop neuropathy in the course of their disease. The present paper reviews the existing tools and measures for assessing activity limitation as a result of DPN; using a not exhaustive search strategy, limited to PubMed. The tools available for the assessment of activity limitation as a consequence of DPN are based on International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and are equally effective. The researcher must make the choice based on cultural validation and specific study objectives. Researchers should select a set of tools and procedures that are appropriate for study purposes, study settings and strive to use them consistently.
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