Project Details


Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) are one of the most common and poorly controlled complications of diabetic patients (26.1M DFUs/year worldwide). A DFU is a complex pathology of multifactorial nature, which is difficult to manage clinically, deeply affects the quality of life (e.g., ~20% risk of severe infection and amputation) and life expectancy (5-year mortality comparable to cancer) of patients, and impacts NHS finances (~1% of annual budget). The development and use of Digital Health Technologies (DHT) could shift the epicentre of DFU assessment and care from a clinical to a home-based setting. This would enable continuous and cost-effective monitoring, generating opportunities for more patient-centred and patient-led management of the disease, a more comprehensive screening tool that could integrate objective (e.g., sensor-based data), subjective (e.g., patient report) and clinical (e.g., diagnostic) information, and a decision support system for prompter, more effective interventions, and, most importantly, prevention.
We aim to develop a novel digital therapeutic intervention that integrates multiple data sources (e.g., wearables, internet of things, patient and clinical feedback) into an individualised sense/act system for the home-based management of DFU. The system will focus on the medical domain and include psycho-social well-being.
Short title£5,000.00
Effective start/end date25/02/2331/07/23

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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