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    Cognitive Functioning in Persons with Lower Limb Amputations: A Review

    Coffey, Laura and O'Keefe, Fiadhnait and Gallagher, Pamela and Desmond, Deirdre and Lombard-Vance, Richard (2012) Cognitive Functioning in Persons with Lower Limb Amputations: A Review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34 (23). pp. 1950-1964. ISSN 0963-8288

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    Purpose. To review the literature on cognitive functioning in persons with lower limb amputations. Method. A search of the MEDLINE, PsycINFO and Web of Science databases was carried out. Results. Thirty papers were found that met the inclusion criteria. The studies were characterised by heterogeneity of design, methodological quality, sample characteristics, assessment of cognitive functioning, and outcomes examined. The research published to date suggests that cognitive impairment is more prevalent among persons with lower limb amputations than in the general population, and is linked with a number of important outcomes in this patient group, including mobility, prosthesis use, and maintenance of independence following amputation. Conclusions. These findings highlight the importance of assessing the cognitive abilities of persons with lower limb amputations. An understanding of the cognitive profile of these patients could assist rehabilitation teams in determining their suitability for prosthetic or wheelchair rehabilitation, ascertaining appropriate and realistic goals for rehabilitation, and tailoring rehabilitation programmes to patients’ strengths so that maximal mobility and independence is achieved.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.667190
    Keywords: amputation; lower limb; cognition; memory; dementia; mobility; prosthetic rehabilitation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 6807
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    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 14:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes

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