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Quality of life for veterans and servicemembers with major traumatic limb loss from Vietnam and OIF/OEF conflicts

Richard A. Epstein, PhD, et al.

Other types of combat-associated injuries associated with major limb loss in Vietnam war and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) groups. *p < 0.05.

Quality of life (QOL) is a valuable indicator of well-being. We surveyed overall QOL in veterans and servicemembers wounded in the Vietnam war and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts. Vietnam war participants with higher QOL were satisfied with their current prostheses, had less depression, and felt their limb loss has less affect on their current life. OIF/OEF participants with higher QOL reported fewer combat injuries, fewer injuries to their nonamputated limb, and less need for assistance with daily activities. These results may help guide interventions to increase overall QOL after major limb loss.

Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
   Pages 373 — 386

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