Skin problems of the stump in lower-limb amputees: 2. Influence on functioning in daily life.

Skin problems of the stump in lower-limb amputees: 2. Influence on functioning in daily life.

Acta Derm Venereol. 2011 Mar;91(2):178-82

Authors: Meulenbelt HE, Geertzen JH, Jonkman MF, Dijkstra PU

Abstract
The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of stump skin problems on functioning in daily life in lower-limb amputees. A cross-sectional study was performed by means of a questionnaire containing 9 questions assessing functioning in daily life. Question scores were added to give a total score (range 0 (no influence) to 27 (maximum negative influence)). Two thousand and thirty-nine people were invited to participate, with 805 participants completing a questionnaire. Of these, 507 reported one or more skin problems. Skin problems had a negative influence on ability to perform household tasks, prosthesis use, social functioning, and participation in sports. The mean total score was 5.5 ± 4.1. This correlated significantly with the number of skin complaints (r = 0.483; p = 0.01). In linear regression analyses, gender (β = -0.15) and number of skin problems (β = 0.25) accounted for 23% of the total score. This study confirms the influence of skin problems on functioning in daily life.

PMID: 21279299 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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