Phantom pain and health-related quality of life in lower limb amputees

CP van der Schans, JHB Geertzen, T Schoppen, PU Dijkstra*

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Abstract

Amputation of a limb may affect quality of life. However, little is known concerning health-related quality of life in amputees. The purposes of this study were to describe health-related quality of life in a population of lower limb amputees and to investigate potential determinants, including phantom Pain. Data from 437 patients with a lower limb amputation were analyzed in this cross-sectional study. Amputation-related problems were investigated using a questionnaire. Health-related quality of life was investigated using the RAND-36 DLV Amputees with phantom pain had a poorer health-related quality of life than amputees without phantom pain. In general, the most important amputation-specific determinants of health-related quality of life were 'walking distance' and 'slump pain'.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberPII S0885-3924(02)00511-0
Pages (from-to)429-436
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2002

Keywords

  • lower limb amputation
  • phantom pain
  • determinant
  • health-related quality of life
  • OF-LIFE
  • LOWER-EXTREMITY
  • SURVEY SF-36
  • AMPUTATION
  • ISCHEMIA
  • RECONSTRUCTION
  • DISABILITY
  • SYMPTOMS
  • DISEASE
  • CANCER

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