Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Title: How to motivate people with diabetes to use personalized footwear to improve their health and their daily life?

Type of assignment:                      BA

Internal or external?:                    Internal

Maximum number of students:  2

Individual collecting of data?      Yes, probably 2 students together

Type of research:                           Interview study (only in Dutch), literature review or health care chain analysis

Description of the assignment:

Currently 425 million adults have diabetes worldwide. Due to population growth and aging these numbers will grow further. Up to one third of people with diabetes has problems with foot disorders which hinder them in their daily life and also decrease their health in general. The foot ulcers are the leading cause of hospitalization and even amputation is one consequence of the serious foot problems.

The foot problems can be substantially be reduced when patients use their tailored made foot ware due to the pressure-relieving effects of the hand-fabricated shoes. However, most of the patients do not wear their shoes regular enough to prevent serious foot problems. Another aspect is that patients probably do not find their ways in the health care system in time to take advantage of orthopaedic tailor made foot ware.

In this assignment you participate in an ongoing PhD project in which a combination of motivational interviewing (to increase patients motivation to wear the foot wear) and new shoe modelling with 3D scanners (to improve fitting of the shoes) aims to significantly elevate wearing of the shoes and to find ways to optimize health care system referrals to help patients as early as possible.

Different topics are optional for your Bachelor thesis within this project. 2 students will be allocated to this assignment.

Dependent on your preferences and language proficiency you can interview patients and health professionals (podiatrists) about their experiences with wearing foot ware and motivational interviewing as intervention method. For this option Dutch language proficiency is required. It is further possible to search the international literature to get a systematic overview of the effects Motivational Interviewing has for adherence of patients. Furthermore a student can focus on the health care chain to identify system immanent problems and to suggest improvement in order to make sure that patients find their way to adequate care in time.

Who are we looking for? Students interested in motivating people for difficult behaviour change

What are we offering? Participation in an ongoing PhD project, your work and results will be directly of use in the project.

More information?:

Supervisor: Manon Jongebloed-Westra