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Effects of prosthetic limb prescription on 3-year mortality among Veterans with lower-limb amputation

Jibby E. Kurichi, MPH, et al.

Lower-limb amputation (LLA) is a life-altering event, affecting the patient???s quality of life and health and their functional, economic, and psychosocial status. This study found that Veterans with LLA who received a prescription for a prosthetic limb within 1 yr after surgical amputation were less likely to die within 3 yr of surgical amputation, after adjustment. Moreover, our time-varying variable of receipt for prescription for a prosthetic limb was associated with lower hazards of mortality. Patient-centered care, including patient???s choice, opinion, and acceptance of prosthesis, can lead to higher prosthetic use and longer survival.

Volume 52 Number 4, 2015
   Pages 385 — 396

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