Mobility in persons with lower extremity amputations and influencing factors: Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to quantify expert views

Seema Radhakrishnan*, Friedbert Kohler, Christoph Gutenbrunner, Arun Jayaraman, Karin Pieber, Jianin Li, Carolina Schiappacasse

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Abstract

Background: International Classification of Function, Health and Disability provides a common framework and universal language for rehabilitation professionals across the globe. Objectives: To identify problems in functioning and mobility relevant to persons with lower-limb amputation from an expert’s point of view and quantify these problems using the International Classification of Function, Health and Disability. Study design: Qualitative study using electronic and paper surveys. Methods: Electronic or paper survey was done across six countries targeting clinicians involved in pre- and post-amputation care. Meaningful concepts were extracted from the responses and linked to suitable second-level and where applicable third-level International Classification of Function, Health and Disability categories. Categorical frequency analysis was completed for the combined data and for each location. Results: A total of 183 experts from 6 different countries responded to the survey. A total of 2171 concepts were identified, 82% of which could be linked to a second-level International Classification of Function, Health and Disability category. The categorical frequency analysis revealed that the categories of walking, design and construction of buildings for public and private use and sensation of pain were the most frequently occurring concepts and was similar across the six countries. Conclusion: The International Classification of Function, Health and Disability can be utilised as a common framework for communication among clinicians involved in rehabilitation of persons with lower-limb amputation across the globe. The most important factors that were identified by experts in amputee rehabilitation working in different international locations were similar. Clinical relevance: The challenges faced by the clinicians involved in care of persons with lower extremity amputation vary across different parts of the world. The overarching goal for the clinician irrespective of the location is to improve mobility and quality of life of their clients. The International Classification of Function, Health and Disability provides a common language between the various stakeholders in amputee rehabilitation across the globe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Keywords

  • Rehabilitation of amputees
  • qualitative methods
  • rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation

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