Functional status and prosthesis use in amputees, measured with the Prosthetic Profile of the Amputee (PPA) and the short version of the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP68)

K.R.M. Streppel, J. de Vries, W.H. van Harten

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    Abstract

    Amputation of (a part of) the lower extremity will cause loss or disturbance of locomotion. With prosthetic devices and rehabilitation many amputees are able to restore their locomotive function as well as their social function. Maintenance or restoration of function after discharge is even more important. In rehabilitating amputees, prosthetic devices can improve mobility. Little is known about whether these devices will still be used at home after discharge and if the improvement in functioning is stable. To verify whether the treatment strategy of amputees is sufficient or needs to be modified, it is important to check if the goals of rehabilitation are achieved.

    Outcome in amputees used to be related to mortality and cure, especially mobility, for example, by the Amputee Activity Score, a measure for activity, not related to age, sex or handicap (Day, 1981). Recently, ‘quality of life’ and ‘reintegration in normal life’ have been emphasized in measuring outcomes of rehabilitation programmes. Research on 42 amputees (Nissen and Newman, 1992) indicated that more attention should be paid to community, mobility, recreation and additional illnesses after amputation to improve reintegration to normal living.

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate (1) the status at discharge and (2) the maintenance of physical functioning (including mobility) and psycho-social functioning after a follow-up period of 2 months after discharge from a rehabilitation setting. Since mobility is related to prosthesis use, prosthesis use is also evaluated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)251-256
    JournalInternational journal of rehabilitation research
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • Functional status
    • Prosthesis use
    • Rehabilitation
    • Stability

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