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Ambulation and independence among Veterans with nontraumatic bilateral lower–limb loss

Sherene E. Sharath, MPH, et al.

There is no disputing the fact that patients with a history of unilateral lower-limb amputation have poorer clinical outcomes following lower-limb bypass in the contralateral limb. Yet, there is still uncertainty as to whether these poorer outcomes are worse than when compared with outcomes after other treatments. Because patients in the Veterans Health Administration are at a higher risk for bilateral amputations, with the prevalence of diabetes nearly twice that of the general population, we are duty-bound and uniquely positioned to examine the evidence that advises and informs standard practices, therefore ensuring excellence in care.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.07.0176

Volume 52 Number 7, 2015
   Pages 851 — 858


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sharath S, Henson H, Flynn S, Pisimisis G, Kougias P, Barshes NR. Ambulation and independence among Veterans with nontraumatic bilateral lower–limb loss. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(7):851–58.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.07.0176
ORCID: Sherene E. Sharath, MPH: 0000-0001-5334-5799; Panos Kougias, MD, MS: 0000-0001-8561-2185; Neal R. Barshes, MD, MPH: 0000-0003-1019-8930
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