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    Identifying the Values and Preferences of Prosthetic Users: A Case Study Series Using the Repertory Grid Technique

    Schaffalitzky, Elisabeth and NiMhurchadha, Sinead and Gallagher, Pamela and Hofkamp, Susan and MacLachlan, Malcolm and Wegener, Stephen T. (2009) Identifying the Values and Preferences of Prosthetic Users: A Case Study Series Using the Repertory Grid Technique. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 33 (2). pp. 157-166. ISSN 0309-3646

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    Purpose: The matching of prosthetic devices to the needs of the individual is a challenge for providers and patients. The aims of this study are to explore the values and preferences that prosthetic users have of their prosthetic devices; to investigate users' perceptions of alternative prosthetic options and to demonstrate a novel method for exploring the values and preferences of prosthetic users. Methods: This study describes four case studies of upper limb and lower limb high tech and conventional prosthetic users. Participants were interviewed using the repertory grid technique (RGT), a qualitative technique to explore individual values and preferences regarding specific choices and events. Results: The participants generated distinctive patterns of personal constructs and ratings regarding prosthetic use and different prosthetic options available. The RGT produced a unique profile of preferences regarding prosthetic technologies for each participant. Conclusions: User choice is an important factor when matching prosthetic technology to the user. The consumer's values regarding different prosthetic options are likely to be a critical factor in prosthetic acceptance and ultimate quality of life. The RGT offers a structured method of exploring these attitudes and values without imposing researcher or practitioner bias and identifies personalized dimensions for providers and users to evaluate the individuals' preferences in prosthetic technology.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Prosthesis; repertory grid; TMR; C-Leg; assessment;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16515
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 10:05
    Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics & Orthotics International
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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