Gallagher, Pamela and Desmond, Deirdre
Measuring Quality of Life in Prosthetic Practice: Benefits and Challenges.
Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 31 (2).
There is an increasing awareness that the inclusion of quality of life as an outcome measure is important in ensuring a client-centred and holistic assessment. This review outlines the benefits of quality of life as an outcome measurement in the field of prosthetics. It introduces the key concepts and challenges in the definition and assessment of quality of life post-amputation, including the relative advantages and disadvantages of adopting generic, disease/condition specific, dimension specific and individualised measures of quality of life. In conclusion, the review delineates and recommends issues and guidelines for consideration when undertaking quality of life research and assessment. A co-ordinated approach by practitioners in the field of prosthetics is necessary to ensure the inclusion of quality of life as an outcome measure and to ensure its measurement in a standardised and rigorous manner.
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