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    Pain and psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation amongst prosthesis users


    Desmond, Deirdre and Gallagher, Pamela and Henderson-Slater, David and Chatfield, Rob (2008) Pain and psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation amongst prosthesis users. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 32 (2). pp. 244-252. ISSN 0309-3646

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to investigate associations between post-amputation phantom and residual limb pain and prosthesis satisfaction, activity restriction and psychosocial adjustment to amputation among lower limb prosthesis users. Eighty-nine people with a lower limb amputation completed a postal survey. Characteristics of phantom and residual limb pain, prosthesis satisfaction, activity restriction and psychosocial adjustment to amputation were assessed using the Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales (TAPES). Comparisons of those who experienced residual and/or phantom limb pain in the preceding assessment with those who did not revealed significant differences in prosthesis satisfaction, psychosocial adjustment but not in activity restriction. Overall, it is important for clinicians to ascertain the type and level of pain that the person is experiencing and to separate the experiences of the pain from the experiences of the prosthetic limb.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Desmond, D., Gallagher, P., Henderson-Slater, D., & Chatfield, R. (2008). Pain and psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation amongst prosthesis users. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 32(2), 244–252. https://doi.org/10.1080/03093640802067046
    Keywords: Amputation; adaptation; phantom limb pain; residual limb pain;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10597
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03093640802067046
    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 17:49
    Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
    Publisher: Informa Healthcare
    Refereed: Yes
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