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Citation:  Schoppen, T., Boonstra, A., Groothoff, J. W., van Sonderen, E., Goeken, L. N., & Eisma, W. H. (2001). Factors related to successful job reintegration of people with a lower limb amputation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82 (10), 1425-1431.
Title:  Factors related to successful job reintegration of people with a lower limb amputation
Authors:  Schoppen, T., Boonstra, A., Groothoff, J. W., van Sonderen, E., 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.2001.26074
Full text:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000399930115241X?...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Cross-sectional

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The goal of the study was to analyze amputation, demographic, and employment factors that change the odds of a patient successfully reintegrating into the workforce after an amputation.
Setting:  The study was performed at a university hospital in the Netherlands.
Study sample:  The sample consisted of patients who had a lower limb amputation 2 or more years ago, were between the ages of 18 and 60, and lived in the Netherlands.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected via a questionnaire, through which the subjects would report demographics, medical information related to their amputation, and information about their job and how they have been adjusting.
Findings:  79% of the subjects successfully reintegrated into the employed population. The age of the subject at the time of amputation, having a comfortable prosthesis, and having a higher education were all predictors of successful integration.
Conclusions:  Older subjects with a low education level and problems with their prosthesis will likely require special attention in the future due to their relative difficulty acquiring and adjusting to employment post-amputation.

Disabilities served:  Amputation
Outcomes:  Return to work