The Limb Loss Task Force is a biennial summit of leading experts on limb loss care and rehabilitation, amputation prevention, prosthetics, public health research, and leading limb loss advocates. To date, four Limb Loss Task Forces have been convened. Each Task Force focuses on a separate topic and produces a white paper summarizing their recommendations.
The need for research on amputation care has been underscored by coverage and reimbursement policy decisions made by insurance companies that have restricted access to prosthetic care. Although the existing body of evidence is increasingly used to develop systematic reviews of evidence and clinical practice guidelines, the quantity and quality of scientific evidence available to advocate for policy changes is often limited. Recognizing how limitations in the evidence related to limb loss care and rehabilitation can adversely impact the quality of life of individuals with limb loss, the Amputee Coalition and the National Limb Loss Resource Center convened a fourth Limb Loss Task Force to address these issues.