JPO 28-4A: What People Want in a Prosthetic Foot: A Focus Group Study

Most people with lower-limb amputation (LLA) rely on a prosthetic foot for participation at home and in the community. Published literature describes problems with mobility after LLA, yet there have been few published accounts of peoples' participation experiences. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of the impact of prosthetic feet on participation in the activities of daily life by examining the experience of prosthetic users and professionals.
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Most people with lower-limb amputation (LLA) rely on a prosthetic foot for participation at home and in the community. Published literature describes problems with mobility after LLA, yet there have been few published accounts of peoples' participation experiences. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of the impact of prosthetic feet on participation in the activities of daily life by examining the experience of prosthetic users and professionals.

Users of prosthetic feet and health care professionals who prescribe prosthetic feet were invited to complete a brief online questionnaire prior to participating in one of five focus groups. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize questionnaire data. Focus group sessions were audio recorded and transcribed. Each transcript was thematically coded independently by four researchers. Emergent themes were discussed, categorized, and cross-referenced.

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Tags: Professional Development/Business, JPO Quiz
Author/Presenter: Donald J. Fogelberg, PhD, OTR/L
Katheryn J. Allyn, LCPO, FAAOP
Monica Smersh, BA
Murray E. Maitland, PhD, PT
Credits: 2
This course has been approved for ABC, BOC, and CBC continuing education credit.
Expiration date: October 15, 2018
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Final exam: 12 multiple choice questions, 80% must be correct to pass.
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