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Measuring Quality of Life in Prosthetic Practice: Benefits and Challenges

Gallagher, Pamela and Desmond, Deirdre (2007) Measuring Quality of Life in Prosthetic Practice: Benefits and Challenges. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 31 (2). pp. 167-179. ISSN 0309-3646

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Abstract

There is an increasing awareness that the inclusion of quality of life as an outcome measure is important in ensuring a client-centred and holistic assessment. This review outlines the benefits of quality of life as an outcome measurement in the field of prosthetics. It introduces the key concepts and challenges in the definition and assessment of quality of life post-amputation, including the relative advantages and disadvantages of adopting generic, disease/condition specific, dimension specific and individualised measures of quality of life. In conclusion, the review delineates and recommends issues and guidelines for consideration when undertaking quality of life research and assessment. A co-ordinated approach by practitioners in the field of prosthetics is necessary to ensure the inclusion of quality of life as an outcome measure and to ensure its measurement in a standardised and rigorous manner.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Preprint version of article. The definitive version of this article is available at Prosthetics and Orthotics International Vol.31 No.2 (2007) pp.167-179. DOI: 10.1080/03093640600988633
Keywords: quality of life; amputation; prosthetics;
Subjects: Science & Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 3814
Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 13:57
Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Refereed: No
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