Quality of Life in People with Lower-Limb Amputation

  • D. Desmond
  • P. Gallagher
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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.


Limb Amputation Nottingham Health Profile Phantom Limb Pain Residual Limb Lower Limb Amputation 
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List of Abbreviations:


Attitudes to Artificial Limb Questionnaire


Amputee Body Image Scale


Amputation Related Body Image Scale


Nottingham Health Profile


Orthotics and Prosthetics Users’ Survey


Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire


Patient Generated Index


 phantom limb pain


Profile of Mood States


Prosthetic Profile of the Amputee


Questionnaire for Persons with a Transfemoral Amputation


quality of life


 residual limb pain


Sickness Impact Profile


Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales


World Health Organization Quality of Life


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