Date of Award
Final DNP Paper
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Laura Barrow
Dr. Ralph Redd, Dr. Marilyn Hepperle
Background: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) affects the lives of approximately 50% of all persons diagnosed with diabetes. Patients who are minorities, residents of rural communities, low income, or non-compliant with treatment, have a higher risk of developing DPN. The long-term effects interfere with the patient’s abilities to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).
Patients incur debt from medical expenses, depression from the inability to perform self- care, and became withdrawn because of their distorted body image.
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to use the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument (MNSI) scale to improve patient outcomes by promoting better identification of individuals who need to be referred out to a specialist.
Design Methods: The patients were interviewed and surveyed using the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument (MNSI). After using the MNSI tool, patients were evaluated for possible referral to podiatry and vascular specialty.
Conclusion: Results demonstrated the use of the MNSI tool improves the screening process of patients diagnosed with diabetes reporting signs and symptoms of DPN.
Implications for Nursing: This project has the potential to improve patient quantality of life, and lower cost to both patient and healthcare providers.
Ward Harris, Kendra, "Preventing Complications of Undiagnosed Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in Rural Healthcare Settings" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 30.