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Quality of Life in People with Lower-Limb Amputation

  • D. Desmond
  • P. Gallagher
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Abstract:

Lower limb amputation arises from disease (e.g., diabetes mellitus, peripheral  vascular disease, infection, tumors), traumatic or congenital causes. Rehabilitation following a lower limb amputation most commonly involves restoring function with the use of a  prosthesis, and often confronts the individual with numerous physical and psychosocial challenges. Although quality of life (QOL) remains a relatively poorly researched concept within the field of amputation and  prosthetics, there is an increasing acknowledgement of the importance of its assessment in ensuring a client-centered and evidence based approach to practice. This chapter summarizes relevant conceptual challenges in and the current knowledge on quality of life assessment in lower limb amputation and in particular describes amputation specific measures that include specific reference to QOL. These include the Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales, the Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire, the Orthotics and Prosthetics Users’ Survey and the Questionnaire for Persons with a Transfemoral Amputation.

Keywords

Limb Amputation Nottingham Health Profile Phantom Limb Pain Residual Limb Lower Limb Amputation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

List of Abbreviations:

AALQ

Attitudes to Artificial Limb Questionnaire

ABIS

Amputee Body Image Scale

ARBIS

Amputation Related Body Image Scale

NHP

Nottingham Health Profile

OPUS

Orthotics and Prosthetics Users’ Survey

PEQ

Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire

PGI

Patient Generated Index

PLP

 phantom limb pain

POMS

Profile of Mood States

PPA

Prosthetic Profile of the Amputee

Q-FTA

Questionnaire for Persons with a Transfemoral Amputation

QOL

quality of life

RLP

 residual limb pain

SIP

Sickness Impact Profile

TAPES

Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales

WHOQOL

World Health Organization Quality of Life

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