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IJHSR. 2014; 4(7): 162-168

Quality of Life in Transtibial Amputees: An Exploratory Study Using TAPES-R Questionnaire.

Ezhil Mathi, Disha Savla, Sreeraj S R, Swagatika Mishra.

Background: The Quality of Life (QoL) of individuals with amputation in developed countries have been investigated and reported in literature, but there is a paucity of information on the QoL of people living with amputation in developing countries like India. This study therefore designed to investigate the QoL of subjects with transtibial amputation among Indian population
Methods: Thirty subjects aged between 25-60 years (46.4312.49) were selected for the study. The objectives of the study were to find out psychological adjustments, activity restriction, satisfaction with the prosthesis and stump pain and phantom limb pain in transtibial amputees by using TAPES-R questionnaire.
Results: The results for Psychological scale shows that adjustment to limitation is most affected with a score of 11.3 followed by social adjustment 14.53 and general adjustment 14.67. Activity restriction results shows that running for bus is affected with a score of 1.8 followed by vigorous activity and sports 1.7 are majorly affected. Satisfaction with prosthesis results shows that the only affected component is weight of the prosthesis giving a score of 2.1. Experience of stump pain, phantom limb pain shows that 43.33% and 10% respectively complained of stump pain.The overall result shows that the activity restriction 76.78% is majorly affected , followed by psychological adjustments 67.60% and Satisfaction with the prosthesis is least affected 93.87%
Conclusion: The amputee individuals are coping psychologically with the event but are restricting themselves from more demanding activities. Stump pain and weight of the prosthesis are preventing the subjects from achieving better independent quality of life.

Key words: Quality of Life, QoL, Transtibial, Amputation, TAPES-R Questionnaire

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