Title

Psychosocial impact of lower extremity amputation among males aged 40-59 years old

Date of Completion

5-25-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Lower Extremity, Amputation, Psychosocial Functioning

Abstract

The study utilized a phenomenological qualitative study design. Seven (7) participants were utilized and they were selected using purposive sampling. Participants were gathered and were asked to sign an informed consent for an agreement of participation. The means for data gathering was a semi-structured open-ended interview. An interview schedule was prepared by the researchers and focused on the impact of amputation according to 4 psycho-social components which include Functional Quality of Life, social Activities, social Support, and Emotional Heath and Well-being. Audio recordings of the interview were obtained and transcribed in verbatim. Thematic analysis was utilized to analyze the gathered data. The results of the study revealed positive and negative impacts for both psychological and social aspect. Acceptance was one of the most described themes discovered in the study occurring in each psycho-social sub-component. Majority of amputees are contented with their functional in capabilities and expressed no hope in improvement although they may still have the potential. Patient education is vital regarding the individual's highest functional potential, nature of the condition, as well as other co-morbidities. These findings facilitate awareness not just for amputees but for all health care providers, especially the rehabilitation therapist and students for providing a more holistic, unique, and effective management program. Knowing the various psycho-social responses of amputees towards their condition, patient care should be sensitive to these issues such as the feelings of depression, masking, and fear. Health care providers should practice caution when handling these patients as not to elicit or intensify these negative feelings which may be harmful for their patient. Highlighting theses said factors also suggest the use of support groups and its importance to improve the quality of life in these individuals as well as educating the community about persons disabilities to address exclusion and their feelings of social rejection.

First Advisor

Richmond E. Ordonez

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