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Objective: To review all the studies on diabeticfoot disorders DFDs that were published on the PubMed? site aimingto identify the contributions of the different Arabs’ countries in the world scientificliterature on this topic. Methods: The PubMed? site was searched using differentkey words for searching all the abstracts on Diabetes mellitus DM and DFDs publishedfrom Arabs’ League countries n = 22. For this review, the 22 countries were classifiedinto 3 groups: Group 1 G1: Gulf Council Countries GCC countries n = 6, Group2 G2: African Arabs’ countries n = 10, Group 3 G3: Asian and-or Eastern MediterraneanArabs’ countries n = 6. All the abstracts on DM coming from all of the 22 Arabs’countries were initially reviewed to locate the ones related to DFDs’ management.All of the articles related to DFDs were reviewed by the senior author. A publicationindex was created to allow a comparison between the productivity of various countriesand correlate that to the population number. Results: By April 2012, a total of 906 articles were publishedon DM, out of them 115 11.6% were related to DFDs. The largest number of DM-DFDsresearch came from G1 countries n = 437-51 followed by G2 n = 307-38 and finallyG3 n = 162-26. The percentages of the studies related to DFDs were therefore:11.6%, 12.3% and 20.6% respectively. Saudi Arabia was the top on the listof all studied countries with 31 studies related to DFDs out of the 187 on DM 16.5%. Conclusion: More research on DFDs is needed in most of the Arabs’ countries particularlythose in the GCC region which reported very high prevalence rates and are expectedto hold these rates for the coming decades. Also, special attention is needed forthose low-income Arabs’ countries that had no contributions in DFDs’ research.


Diabetes Mellitus; Diabetic; Foot; Disorders; Arabs

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O. Alzahrani, Y. Badahdah, M. Bamakrid, A. Alfayez, M. Alsaeedi, A. Mansouri and H. Alzahrani -The Diabetic Foot Research in Arabs’ Countries,- Open Journal of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, Vol. 3 No. 3, 2013, pp. 157-165. doi: 10.4236-ojemd.2013.33023.

Autor: Owiss H. Alzahrani, Yousef S. Badahdah, Moataz S. Bamakrid, Abdullah S. Alfayez, Mossab S. Alsaeedi, Amro M. Mansouri, Hasan A. A



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