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There are no differences between transfemoral amputation patients with a CMK vs. AAK with regard to problems at work and absenteeism

Vollebregt, Nienke (2021) There are no differences between transfemoral amputation patients with a CMK vs. AAK with regard to problems at work and absenteeism. Research Project 1, Biomedical Sciences.

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Abstract

Objective: After a lower limb amputation, patients often get a conventional mechanical knee prosthesis (CMK) or an auto adaptive knee prosthesis (AAK). When returning to work, lower limb amputation patients frequently experience barriers during this process. However it is unknown how often this happens and whether patients with a CMK experience more problems and continued absenteeism compared to those with an AAK. The aim of this study is to investigate differences in amount and severity of the problems at work and continued absenteeism between CMK and AAK users. Materials and methods: In a cross-sectional retrospective design, a self-report questionnaire is used. The questionnaire is developed from two validated questionnaires. Inclusion criteria for the study participants were: having a unilateral transfemoral amputation for the period of > 1 year, having a paid job, and being aged > 18 years. The data was collected in RedCap and analyzed in SPSS. Results: 35 participants were included of which 86% (N = 30) was male. After employing the Chi square and the Mann Whitney U test, this study did not find any significant differences regarding the amount of experienced problems and the severity of these between the CMK and the AAK group. Furthermore, with regard to continued absenteeism also no significant differences were found between the groups. Conclusion: Current study found no differences between CMK and AAK patients regarding the amount and severity of problems.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Project 1)
Supervisor name: Bruggeman, S.W.M.
Degree programme: Biomedical Sciences
Thesis type: Research Project 1
Language: English
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 09:03
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 09:03
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/24499

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