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JPO Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: April 2004 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 69-70
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  1. Read the article on page 66–page 68.
  2. Complete the examination.
  3. Submit your completed examination to the AAOP per the directions on the next page.


The following questions require short answers only; you do not have to use complete sentences. All questions refer to the article “A Comparison of the Effect of the Aesthetics of Digital Cosmetic Prostheses on Body Image and Well-Being” by Áine M. Carroll MB, MRCP (UK), and Neil Fyfe, FRCP, PRCS.


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1. True or False?

The psychological effect of losing an entire limb is more devastating than losing a digit or part of a hand.

2. Polyvinylchloride (PVC) cosmetic prostheses

a. vary from normal skin color and markings.

b. return normal contour to the hand.

c. both a and b.

3. Prostheses that are of high quality and match well with the patient’s remaining digits are made of __________________________.

4. __________________________ is used to measure depression and anxiety.

5. The Attitude to Artificial Limb Questionnaire measures

a. patients’ attitudes to their bodies and appearance.

b. patients’ attitudes to their artificial limbs.

c. patients’ attitudes to their feelings about losing a limb.

6. True or False?

A series of emotional, perceptual, and psychological reactions occur when an individual’s body image is altered.

7. The Body Image Questionnaire assesses __________________________


8. The most common cause of digital amputation is

a. dog bites.

b. female occupational injuries.

c. male occupational injuries.

9. In this study, patients with silicon digital prostheses experienced

a. less anxiety and depression than those in the non-silicon group.

b. more anxiety and depression than those in the non-silicon group.

c. the same amount of anxiety and depression tham those in the non-silicon group.

10. True or False?

The attitude of clients with silicon prostheses was significantly better than that of clients with traditional PVC prostheses.

Complete the JPO Self-Assessment Examination on the previous page and score a minimum of 75 percent to earn two PCE credits. Send the completed examination and payment in U.S. currency ($20/AAOP members, $40/nonmembers) to: AAOP, Dept. 937, Alexandria, VA 22334-0937. The examination must be received by the AAOP within 3 years of the publication date for credit to be awarded.

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