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Citation:  Schoppen, T., Boonstra, A., Groothoff, J. W., De Vries, J., Goeken, L. N., & Eisma, W. H. (2002). Job satisfaction and health experience of people with a lower-limb amputation in comparison with healthy colleagues. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 83 (5), 628-634.
Title:  Job satisfaction and health experience of people with a lower-limb amputation in comparison with healthy colleagues
Authors:  Schoppen, T., Boonstra, A., Groothoff, J. W., De Vries, J., Goeken, L. N., & Eisma, W. H.
Year:  2002
Journal/Publication:  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Elsevier
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1053/apmr.2002.32473
Full text:  https://doi.org/10.1053/apmr.2002.32473    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Survey research

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The goal of the study is to find indicators of job dissatisfaction among people with amputations and to compare their work experiences and health with people who have not had any amputations.
Setting:  Patients were gathered from orthopedic workshops located in the Netherlands.
Study sample:  144 participants were found who had a lower limb amputated at least two years before, were between the ages of 18 and 60, and lived and worked in the Netherlands.
Control or comparison condition:  All subjects were asked to contact a colleague who does a similar job at the same company and deliver the same survey, in order to have a control group.
Data collection and analysis:  The data was collected from 2 questionnaires given to the subjects of the research. All data collected from the survey was put through descriptive statistics.
Findings:  70% of subjects judged their work life as being satisfactory, though there were several factors consistent in the 30% that did not. A lack of mobility, comorbidity, and a desire for further workplace modifications occurred frequently in the second group.
Conclusions:  The employment satisfaction of those with lower limb amputations could be improved by better managing any comorbid disabilities or diseases and improving the area in which they perform their job. The subjects possessed greater overall satisfaction than the control group, however, which shows appreciation of their job reintegration.

Disabilities served:  Amputation