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Outcomes associated with the use of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees among individuals with unilateral transfemoral limb loss: A systematic review

Andrew B. Sawers, MSPO, CPO; Brian J. Hafner, PhD

This article presents a systematic review of outcomes associated with the use of microprocessorcontrolled prosthetic knees (MPKs) compared with non–microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees (NMPKs) among individuals with unilateral transfemoral limb loss (TFLL). A comprehensive review of 27 publications revealed that MPKs may be indicated in cases where improved ambulatory safety and the ability to negotiate uneven terrain, hills, and stairs are required. Their use may also increase patient preference and satisfaction while reducing the perceived effort required for ambulation. These benefits appear to be accomplished at an equivalent total cost compared with NMPK alternatives. Additional research is required to confirm and build upon the currently available evidence for the prescription and use of MPKs.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.10.0187

Volume 50 Number 3, 2013
   Pages 273 — 314


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sawers AB, Hafner BJ. Outcomes associated with the use of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees among individuals with unilateral transfemoral limb loss: A systematic review. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(3):273–314.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.10.0187
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