In summary, the primary future research questions were categorized into: 1) Health Care Economic Impact 2) Rehabilitation Guidance Tools 3) Activity Limitation/Performance Measures 4) Pain and Comfort 5) Quality of Life The group stressed that overlap among the five priority categories is to be expected, and in many cases, encouraged. For example, pain and comfort will inevitably affect an amputee's ability to wear a prosthesis and go to work, which will have a dirct impact on the economics of the situation. Therefore, tools that quantify socket fit and comfort may show an improved economic impact to the payer. Also, if the person has less pain, it is likely that they will be more active, have improved performance, and report an improved quality of life. It was strongly recommended that existing outcome tools in other fields that might be applicable to prosthetics be identified and investigated. For instance, studies have been done in other fields on such relevant topics as falls, health care economics, over-use injury, and chronic disability. Due to the importance given by the group to Health Care Economic Impact, it was recommended that this be the topic for a future State-of-the-Science meeting. 26,27.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics|
|Issue number||6 PROCEEDINGS|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine