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Quality of medical care provided to service members with combat-related limb amputations: Report of patient satisfaction

Paul F. Pasquina, MD, et al.

Healthcare professionals and service members with limb amputations and their families would benefit from reading this article. We surveyed 158 service members who had lost one or more limbs from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to determine how satisfied they were with the healthcare they received from injury until discharge from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Of these participants, 96 percent were men, 77 percent were white, 89 percent were enlisted soldiers, and most had leg amputations. Participants were most satisfied with their therapy, peer visitors, and medical care. Older participants were more satisfied with their medical care than younger participants. Among participants with upper-limb amputations, those with amputations at shoulder level were most satisfied with their care but not significantly. Overall, satisfaction did not change for different races, military ranks, or kinds of amputations.

Volume 45 Number 7, 2008
   Pages 953 — 960

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