Expert opinions on success factors for upper-limb prostheses

Aimee E. Schultz, Susan P. Baade, Todd A. Kuiken*

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The goal of this study was to gather the opinions of prosthetics experts on the most important factors for the successful use of upper-limb (UL) prostheses, compare them with those of prosthesis users, and ultimately direct research efforts in this field. UL prosthetics experts were asked to compare the importance of the comfort, function, and cosmesis of a prosthetic device for a transhumeral amputee. Categories were subdivided into weight, socket-interface comfort, power, agility, color, and shape. The majority of those who responded viewed comfort as the most important factor for a unilateral amputee and considered socket-interface comfort to be more important than weight. Function was considered to be the most important factor for a bilateral amputee, with agility considered more important than power. Cosmesis was consistently reported as being less important than comfort and function, and shape was considered more important than color.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-489
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007


  • Bilateral amputee
  • Comfort
  • Cosmesis
  • Function
  • Prosthesis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Success factors
  • Survey
  • Transhumeral amputee
  • Unilateral amputee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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