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Service members and veterans with major traumatic limb loss from Vietnam war and OIF/OEF conflicts: Survey methods, participants, and summary findings

Gayle E. Reiber, PhD, MPH, et al.


Our Survey for Prosthetic Use had a 62 percent response rate from Vietnam war veterans and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) servicemembers who sustained major traumatic limb loss. Participants reported their combat injuries; health status; quality of life; and prosthetic device function, use, rejection, and satisfaction. Despite their serious injuries, a majority of Vietnam war and OIF/OEF participants rated their health status as excellent, very good, or good. Their persisting health issues include phantom pain, chronic back pain, residual-limb pain, prosthesis-related skin problems, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Strengths and issues in prosthetic rehabilitation are identified.

Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
   Pages 275 — 298


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