Treatment Consistency, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Diabetic Wound of the Lower Extremity Outcomes

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The findings of published research on the association of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and diabetic ulcer healing vary (de Smet et al. 2017). One possible explanation for the variation may be the association of patient adherence, or number of prescribed treatments completed, and patient outcomes. Patient treatment adherence has been associated with a number of health outcomes (Viswanathan et al. 2012). However, to date, the HBOT research literature has not focused on the impact of the number of physician ordered treatments completed by patients. This retrospective observational analysis examines the descriptive association between HBOT treatment consistency, the percentage of ordered treatments completed, and wound outcomes.