Challenges of Upper Limb Fitting in Canada: A survey of upper limb prosthesis users and clinical prosthetists in Canada

Authors

  • Holly Tetzlaff
  • Wendy Hill
  • Usha Kuruganti

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to survey Canadian upper limb prosthesis users and clinical prosthetists (who fit the device) to examine physical and psychosocial factors that influence the acceptance and rejection of using an upper limb prosthesis. Methods: Two separate, custom-built questionnaires were developed and sent to Canadian clinical prosthetists to participate and distribute to their upper limb patients. Results: This survey received responses from 47 clinicians, 22 prosthesis users, and one non-prosthesis user from nine provinces. Due to the small data set, responses did not show any statistical significance; however, the results highlight several important factors and the importance of patient-prosthetist relationships and rehabilitation services. Conclusion: Upper limb fitting in Canada has its challenges, and similar to other research, there are several important factors to focus on when considering acceptance of upper limb prostheses.

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Published

2022-08-09

How to Cite

[1]
H. Tetzlaff, W. Hill, and U. Kuruganti, “Challenges of Upper Limb Fitting in Canada: A survey of upper limb prosthesis users and clinical prosthetists in Canada”, MEC Symposium, Aug. 2022.

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Clinical Research Studies