Cycling of people with a lower limb amputation in Thailand

Jutamanee Poonsiri, Rienk Dekker, Pieter U Dijkstra, Yasmin Nutchamlong, Chanapak Dismanopnarong, Chiraphan Puttipaisan, Samai Suakonburi, Pensupa Pimchan, Juha M Hijmans, Jan H B Geertzen

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AIM: To investigate cycling participation and barriers, and facilitators in adults with a lower limb amputation in Thailand.

METHOD: Questionnaires were given to 424 adults with uni/bilateral lower limb amputation from midfoot to hip disarticulation level at five public hospitals in Bangkok and prosthetic mobile units in Thailand. Participant characteristics were summarized using descriptive statistics. Variables associated with cycling (p<0.1) were entered in a logistic regression model.

RESULTS: Participants who cycled (46.7%, N = 197), mostly used their walking prostheses (91.9%, n = 188). Of cyclists, 92.4% had cycled before the amputation. Cyclists started cycling after the amputation by themselves (86.7%) mostly in order to increase/maintain health (67.0%). Most cyclists cycled on quiet roads. The most frequent destination was shops/market (64.1%). More facilitators were reported than barriers. Most reported barriers were related to health problems and negative attitudes toward cycling. Most reported facilitators were related to perceived health benefits and positive attitude toward cycling. The likelihood of cycling after the amputation increased in people who cycled before the amputation, were amputated lower than the knee, used a prosthetic foot with axis/axes, were amputated due to trauma, had income higher than 415 euro/month, and who reported a higher numbers of facilitators.

CONCLUSION: After a lower limb amputation, nearly half of people cycled. People with a below knee amputation due to trauma with prior cycling experience and higher income tended to cycle after the amputation. People who perceived more facilitators were more likely to cycle. Although cyclists could use a walking prosthesis to cycle, a prosthetic foot with a greater range of motion than the SACH increased the cycling likelihood.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0220649
Number of pages16
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2-Aug-2019

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