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Impact of Pain and Discomfort on Wearing Habits

When asked about secondary conditions related to prosthesis wear, 82.4 percent of the individuals reported a secondary con-dition, with phantom pain being the most common. As shown in the series of graphs to the lef, respondents thought that all of these conditions,with the exception of phantompain,were made worse by wearing their prosthetic device. However, in terms of compliance, only 9.3 percent cited pain, and only 8.6 percent cited discomfort, as having“a lot”of impact on deciding whether or not to wear their prosthesis. Terefore, it appears that the efects of wear on secondary conditions and issues of pain and discomfort have little bearing on compliance.

Next Steps

Te O&P EDGE and the Amputee Coalition hope that surveys such as this one provide O&P professionals information that will help them to improve the overall patient experience related to prosthetic device use.Tis information can be used to reach out to patients and facilitate patient-practitioner communication. Tis survey is just a touchstone. As practitioners, what data would you like to see regarding patient care? More arms-, hands-, feet-, or knee-specifc data? Clinically based data? Activ-ity level versus prescribed prosthetic solution? Please send your feedback and comments to Karen Henry at karen@opedge.com

O&P EDGE

About the Survey

Survey results had a margin of error of ±3 percent at a 95 percent confdence interval, meaning that 95 out of 100 times, these results are correct within 3 percentage points. The margin of error represents the degree of accuracy within the survey and for each question. Since this survey had a margin of error of ±3 percent, items for which there is less than a 6 percent diference between responses fall within the margin of error and cannot be assumed to represent a true diference.

Satisfed Unsatisfed Very unsatisfed

Very satisfed

Overall Satisfaction with Prosthetic Device

36.8%

44.6%

14.7%

3.8%

Although just over 80 percent of respondents who report wearing a prosthesis felt satisfed or very satis-fed with their prosthetic device, some respondents reported that wearing a prosthesis increases joint and muscle pain.

Wearing Habits, Comfort, and Pain

Efect of Wearing Prosthesis on Residual Limb Pain

Efect of Wearing Prosthesis on Phantom Limb Pain

Efect of Wearing Prosthesis on Joint Pain

Efect of Wearing Prosthesis on Muscle Pain

20.4%

44.9%

34.7%

Makes it better

Makes it worse

Has no efect

25.4%

16.3%

58.3%

Makes it better

Makes it worse

Has no efect

14.4%

45.1%

40.5%

Makes it better

Makes it worse

Has no efect

9.6%

54.0%

36.4%

Makes it better

Makes it worse

Has no efect

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