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Minor Amputation and Quality of Life, time for a patient voice?

Levy, Natasha, Gillibrand, Warren P. and Kola-Palmer, Susanna (2017) Minor Amputation and Quality of Life, time for a patient voice? The Diabetic Foot Journal. ISSN 1462-2041 (In Press)

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Abstract

Despite the rising incidence, there has been little research exploring the impact minor amputation has upon quality of life. Where explored, generic health measures have been used to determine the impact. The findings appear to indicate that minor amputation is preferable to ongoing chronic ulceration. However, the generic health outcomes measures may not be giving a full picture of the effect minor amputation has on quality of life. This article presents an overview of the findings of current research, and recommends that more qualitative research needs undertaking to understand what impact, positive or negative, minor amputation has on quality of life for individual patients.

1. Minor amputation rates continue to rise, this may be due to minor amputations being used as limb salvage procedures.
2. Studies using generic health measures have found quality of life is better for those with healed minor amputation than with chronic ulceration.
3. Little research has been done to understand if these measures accurately capture quality of life for those with minor amputation.
4. Further qualitative research is needed to explore the impact minor amputation has on quality of life for patients with diabetes.
5. The findings of this research could contribute to decision making about which Patient reported outcome measures should be used to determine the impact minor amputation has on quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: minor amputation lower extremity amputation diabetes Quality of Life Literature review
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RD Surgery
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Natasha Levy
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 13:41
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2017 06:53
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/32337

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