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Citation:  Schoppen, T., Boonstra, A., Groothoff, J. W., de Vries, J., Goeken, L. N., & Eisma, W. H. (2001). Employment status, job characteristics, and work-related health experience of people with a lower limb amputation in The Netherlands. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82 (2), 239-245.
Title:  Employment status, job characteristics, and work-related health experience of people with a lower limb amputation in The Netherlands
Authors:  Schoppen, T., Boonstra, A., Groothoff, J. W., de Vries, J., Goeken, L. N., & Eisma, W. H.
Year:  2001
Journal/Publication:  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Elsevier
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1053/apmr.2001.18231
Full text:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003999301295264?...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Background:  While most are older than 60, lower limb amputations do occur in patients of younger ages, even working age, and the training of those patients to live and work independently is often difficult.
Purpose:  To analyse the employment situations of people with lower limb amputations in the Netherlands and to compare the experiences of working and unemployed reference population to them.
Setting:  Orthopedic workshops in the Netherlands which contained willing patients with lower limb amputations
Study sample:  Subjects were recruited from the orthopedic workshops only if they were between 18 and 60 years old and have had an amputated lower limb for at least 2 years.
Data collection and analysis:  The data was collected via a survey given to the participants, and the data was analyzed with descriptive statistics.
Findings:  Around 64% of participants in the study were employed during the study, though 31% were unemployed despite having work experience. and 5% had no experience at all. The mean time between amputation and a return to work was 2.3 years. Many surveyed expressed a desire for their places of employment to better adjust to their limitations, and mentioned difficulties gaining promotions.
Conclusions:  Patients with lower limb amputations have a healthy rate of job participation, but work needs to be done on their concerns about the delays between return to work, finding jobs, and adapting to their workplace and finding modifications if needed.

Disabilities served:  Amputation