Experimental: Peer Support Group
Patients will be asked to complete a health-related quality of life (HRQOL) survey at enrollment, 3 months, and end of the study. Participants will complete the VascuQoL-6 and PROMIS in several domains of HRQOL (including global physical function, global mental function, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance, pain behavior, and social satisfaction). Each participant will complete the PROMIS CAT tool on an iPad App and the data will be stored in the secure REDCap
Behavioral: Peer counseling group
A community advisory board (CAB) will be set up for need assessment and to design the peer support program. Virtual meetings will be held quarterly for year 1 and 2. The group will consist of (up to 12 members) and will include at least 2 patient partners (patients with a recently diagnosed ulcer), 2 peer pals (patients with a healed DFU), family members or caregivers (limited to only 1 person per family represented on the CAB), healthcare workers (podiatrist, nurse, or case manager), medical equipment company representatives, and others. We will ask them about potential barriers at the first meeting, have flexible meeting times, and intentionally limit the number of healthcare providers. At the last meeting, we will seek feedback and input from the CAB. In addition, this group will have the opportunity to participate in a focus group which will be moderated with a trained, bilingual assistant and will last 40-60 minutes.
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