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Citation:  Ide, M., Obayashi, T., & Toyonaga, T. (2002). Association of pain with employment status and satisfaction among amputees in Japan. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 83 (10), 1394-1398.
Title:  Association of pain with employment status and satisfaction among amputees in Japan
Authors:  Ide, M., Obayashi, T., & Toyonaga, T.
Year:  2002
Journal/Publication:  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Elsevier
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  The ideal outcome for a person who has gone through an amputation is to return to living their daily life independently, both at home and at work.
Purpose:  The goal of this study is to discern if there is any relationship between phantom limb pain and a person's working life.
Setting:  Participants in the study were sourced from the Industrial Rehabilitation Center for Employees, a branch of the Kyushu Rosai Hospital in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Study sample:  The survey was mailed to 147 limb amputation patients who were between the ages of 20 and 65 at the time of December, 2000 and received care at the Industrial Rehabilitation Center.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected via survey from the 147 participants, though only 101 replies were received. The Mann-Whitney U est was used to figure out any relationship between pain issues and employment in the subjects.
Findings:  No statistically significant relationship was found between types of pain and the rate at which patients would return to employment, nor amount of pain and their return to job rate. However, satisfaction with their working life was affected by pain severity.
Conclusions:  The study shows that some lingering issues about employment status ad pain after amputation should be addressed. In addition, doctors should work to better treat pain in amputation patients in order to improve their employment.

Disabilities served:  Amputation
Outcomes:  Return to work