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Evaluation of Mobility in Persons with Limb Loss Using the Amputee Mobility Predictor and the Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire–Mobility Subscale: A Six-Month Retrospective Chart Review

Kaluf, Brian BSE, CP

JPO: Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: April 2014 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 70–76
doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000020
Original Research Article

ABSTRACT This study is a retrospective chart review of standardized outcome measure data assessing mobility in persons with lower-limb loss. Patient charts were reviewed after the recent adoption of outcome measures as standard practice at a multiregion prosthetic practice. The study investigated the effects of amputation level and assigned activity level (K-level) on patient-perceived potential for mobility and functional ambulatory potential. The Amputee Mobility Predictor (AMP) and Prosthesis Evaluation Questionnaire–Mobility Subscale (PEQ-MS) scores were obtained and compared between transtibial and transfemoral patients and stratified by K-level. An analysis of variance (ANOVA) of AMP and PEQ-MS scores yielded significant variation (a = 0.05) for amputation K-levels. A Fisher protected least significant difference post hoc test found that the K3 and K4 groups had significantly higher AMP with prosthesis (AMPPRO) and PEQ-MS scores than those of the K2 group. The AMP and PEQ-MS scores were not found to be significantly different among transtibial and transfemoral amputation levels in the population studied. These two outcome measures have shown promise for differentiating K-level when adopted as standard practice in the clinical setting.

BRIAN KALUF, BSE, CP, is affiliated with Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc, Greenville, South Carolina.

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest.

This study was supported by Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc.

Correspondence to: Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP, Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc, Eastside Medical Center, 10 Enterprise Blvd Ste 206, Greenville, SC 29615; email: brian.kaluf@abilitypo.com

© 2014 by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.