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Identifying obstacles to return to duty in severely injured combat-related servicemembers with amputation

Richard K. Hurley Jr, MD, et al.

This study examined the disabling conditions and return to duty rates across all service branches of U.S. servicemembers who sustained a major limb amputation over a 10 yr period. Of all servicemembers with amputation, 16 (2%) were later found fit for Active Duty and 78 (9%) were allowed to continue on Active Duty. Posttraumatic stress disorder, loss of major nerve function, and arthritis were the most impactful disabling conditions aside from amputations. Despite continued improvements in rehabilitation, only 11% of all servicemembers with amputation are able to return to duty.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.04.0094

Volume 52 Number 1, 2015
   Pages 53 — 62


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Hurley RK Jr, Rivera JC, Wenke JC, Krueger CA. Identifying obstacles to return to duty in severely injured combat-related servicemembers with amputation. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(1):53–62.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.04.0094

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