Financial Difficulty in Community-Dwelling Persons With Lower Limb Loss Is Associated With Reduced Self-Perceived Health and Wellbeing

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Prosthetics and Orthotics International


Background: Socioeconomic status has been shown to be an important factor in the disparate prevalence and selected treatment of limb loss, but how personal financial difficulty affects patients’ health outcomes is currently unclear. Objective: Examining how presence and experience of personal financial difficulty affects perceived health and wellbeing in individuals with lower limb loss. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: A total of 90 participants (68 males, mean age 58.7 ± 16.7 years) were recruited from local physical therapy and prosthetic and orthotic clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, and a regional amputee patient support group. All participants were community-dwelling, non-military adults with amputation involving at least one major lower limb joint. Participants were interviewed, and each completed a survey that included basic demographic/medical information, self-reported health and wellbeing (Short-Form Health Survey, SF-36v2), and a question to determine their financial situation after limb loss. Multiple regression analyses were used to examine the effect of financial difficulty on the eight subscales of SF-36v2 while accounting for age, gender, and amputation level. ... See full text from complete abstract.


Health disparity; Function; Participation


Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health | Orthotics and Prosthetics



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