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Do You Have a Prosthetic Device?

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40

60

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94.8%

5.2%

Yes

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89.2%

Yes

10.8% No

12.5%

14.6%

39.6%

33.3% Insurance won’t cover

Don’t want one

Satisfed with other types of assistive devices

Costs too much

No

Do YouWear Your Prosthetic Device Regularly?

Reasons for Not Having a Prosthetic Device

35.3%

35.3%

76.5% Don’t like the way they look

Can’t fnd one that is comfortable

Find it easier to perform daily tasks without prosthetic device

Reasons for Not Wearing a Prosthesis

Wearing Habits

In answer to the frst question,“Do you have a prosthetic device?”, nearly all of the respondents—95 percent—have a prosthesis and 81 percent were either satisfed or very satisfed with it (see pie chart on pg. 36). Of the relatively small percentage of those who do not have a prosthesis, the primary reasons cited were that they either“didn’t want one”or were “satisfed with other types of assistive devices.” Other assistive devices that individuals reported using were manual wheelchair (57.1 percent), crutches (42.9 percent), and electric wheelchair or scooter (35.7 percent). When asked about other types of assistive devices they use, respondents were encouraged to check all that applied, thus the results represent the overall percentage of respondents who use each of these devices.Of the 5 percent (60 individuals) who said they do not have a prosthesis, 17 at-tributed it to cost or noted that their insurance won’t cover it.

Respondents who have a prosthetic device tend towear it regu-larly. Only 10.8 percent of those who have a prosthesis said that they do not wear it regularly, and of those, 76.5 percent indicated that they “found it easier to performdaily tasks without it.”Reasons for not wear-ing a prosthesis were evenly split—35.3 percent said they don’t like the way the prosthetic device looks, and 35.3 percent cited lack of comfort. (Editors note: In this question, participants were also encouraged to check all answers that applied to why they do not wear their device regularly and may have chosen more than one answer.)

Prosthetic Device Wearing Habits

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