To describe the trajectory of viewing self in a mirror after an ampu-tation and participants’ perceptions of what health care professionals should know about mirrors.
Focus groups were conducted to collect the research data.
The mirror experience had three key moments: decision, seeing, and consent. The trajectory of viewing self in a mirror had four key themes: mirror shock, mirror anguish, recognizing self, and acceptance: a new normal. Participants’ recommendations for introducing the mirror after an amputation and using a mirror to avoid skin breakdown and infection, and correct gait and balance are described.
This study provides a unique viewpoint into the world of those who have suffered amputation of a limb.
Rehabilitation nurses and other health care professionals are encouraged through these participants to consider the effect and value of mirrors when caring for those who have had an amputation.
1 Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX, USA
2 Education, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX, USA
3 Cancer Services, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, TX, USA
4 Psychology and Philosophy, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, USA
5 Amputee Clinic, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX, USA
6 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center-Medical School, Houston, TX, USA
7 School of Occupational Therapy-Houston, College of Health Sciences, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX, USA
Correspondence: Wyona Freysteinson, Assistant Professor, Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, 15819 Mesa Gardens, Houston, TX 77095. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
[The copyright line for this article was changed on February 16, 2016, after original online publication.]
Accepted November 10, 2015.
Cite this article as: Freysteinson W., Thomas L., Sebastian-Deutsch A., Douglas D., Melton D., Celia T., Reeves K., & Bowyer P. (2017). A Study of the Amputee Experience of Viewing Self in the Mirror. Rehabilitation Nursing, 42(1), 22–32. doi: 10.1002/rnj.256
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