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Towards assessing the preferred usage features of upper limb prostheses: most important items regarding prosthesis use in people with major unilateral upper limb absence—a Dutch national survey

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posted on 23.11.2021, 17:40 authored by Nienke Kerver, Corry K. van der Sluis, Sacha van Twillert, Paul F. M. Krabbe

To determine which items regarding prosthesis use were considered most important by adults with major unilateral upper limb absence (ULA) and to develop a patient-reported outcome measure to assess the preferred usage features of upper limb prostheses: PUF-ULP.

Based on a qualitative meta-synthesis combined with input from patients and clinicians a graphical diagram of 79 items related to prosthesis use was developed. Adults with ULA (N = 358; mean age = 55.4 ± 16.5 years; 52.0% male/40.8% female/7.3% unknown) selected their top-10 of most important items from this diagram. This study is registered in the Netherlands Trial Register: NL7682.

Most selected items were “wearing comfort” (54.0% of cases), “grabbing, picking up, and holding” (34.3%), and “weight” (31.4%). All subpopulations (i.e. age, sex, origin of ULA, level of ULA, and prosthesis type), except multi-grip myoelectric hand prosthesis users (MHP), selected “wearing comfort” most. Nine items were included in the PUF-ULP: “wearing comfort,” “functionality,” “independence,” “work, hobby, and household,” “user-friendly,” “life-like appearance,” “phantom limb pain,” “overuse complaints,” and “reliability.”

All prosthesis users, except MHP-users, considered wearing comfort most important, which might be of interest for future research and industry. The PUF-ULP can be used to reflect the match between users and their prostheses.IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION

All persons with upper limb absence, except multi-grip myoelectric hand prosthesis users, considered “wearing comfort” most important regarding prosthesis use, which highlights that prosthesis wearing comfort deserves more attention in future research to increase the value placed by the user on their upper limb prosthesis.

Regarding prosthesis use, men considered “ease of control” more important compared to the overall population, while women considered “independence,” “household,” “life-like appearance,” “overuse complaints,” and “anonymity” more important.

Persons with a mono- or multi-grip myoelectric upper limb prosthesis rated function-related items as more important compared to the overall population, while persons with a passive/cosmetic prosthesis rated comfort-related and appearance-related items as more important.

The newly developed measurement tool, also called the PUF-ULP, provides a single score that represents the match between the user and their upper limb prosthesis.

All persons with upper limb absence, except multi-grip myoelectric hand prosthesis users, considered “wearing comfort” most important regarding prosthesis use, which highlights that prosthesis wearing comfort deserves more attention in future research to increase the value placed by the user on their upper limb prosthesis.

Regarding prosthesis use, men considered “ease of control” more important compared to the overall population, while women considered “independence,” “household,” “life-like appearance,” “overuse complaints,” and “anonymity” more important.

Persons with a mono- or multi-grip myoelectric upper limb prosthesis rated function-related items as more important compared to the overall population, while persons with a passive/cosmetic prosthesis rated comfort-related and appearance-related items as more important.

The newly developed measurement tool, also called the PUF-ULP, provides a single score that represents the match between the user and their upper limb prosthesis.

Funding

This study was funded by ZonMW (project number: 853001102). The funders had no role in study design and collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and in writing the manuscript.

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