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An evaluation of the use made of cosmetic and functional prostheses by unilateral upper limb amputees.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9881609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is currently a distinction drawn between a prosthesis considered to be provided for purely cosmetic reasons and a functional prosthesis provided to enable the amputee to achieve basic hand function. Using video analysis the study reported in this paper demonstrates that for non-manipulative actions cosmetic prostheses are actively used in the performance of everyday tasks as frequently as functional prostheses. The study provides evidence for a cosmetic prosthesis to be presented to an amputee as a realistic initial prosthesis and not as the option of last resort if a functional prosthesis is rejected. It is also recommended that training is provided in the use of cosmetic prostheses in two-handed tasks.
C M Fraser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prosthetics and orthotics international     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0309-3646     ISO Abbreviation:  Prosthet Orthot Int     Publication Date:  1998 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-10     Completed Date:  1999-03-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707720     Medline TA:  Prosthet Orthot Int     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  216-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Occupational Therapy Services, Addenbrooke's NHS Trust, Cambridge, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Amputees / rehabilitation*
Artificial Limbs*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Middle Aged

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