Quality of life among lower limb amputees treated at the tertiary hospital, Malaysia

Ohnmar Htwe, S. Suganthini, X. Z. Kelvin Lee, A. H. Siti Maryam, M. S. HadiFadhil, S. Kumaragu, Leonard Joseph H, A. A. Tan, N. Y. Khin, Amaramalar Selvi Naicker

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Lower limb amputation is a devastating event which causes a dramatic change in the quality of life (QoL) of amputees. Objective: To evaluate the QoL of lower limb amputees and its correlation with epidemiological factors. Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study, conducted at the tertiary hospital from January to April 2012. Pro forma and 36-item Health Survey form (SF-36) were used to collect the data from 65 lower limb amputees. Data analysis was done by using SPSS version 19 and Quality Metric Health Outcome Scoring Software 4.5. Results: The mean age of the respondents was 56.28 ± 14.53 years. Most of them were males (81.5%) and the rest were female. Over 60% were below knee and the rest were above knee amputees. Unilateral lower limb amputees constituted the highest number (89.2%). It was observed that younger age (r: -0.443, p <0.000), being employed (p <0.008) and amputees with less than two comorbidities (p = 0.015) had a significantly higher physical component score (PCS) of SF-36 while the mental component score (MCS) had no significant changes. Conclusion: Age, employment and comorbidities played a role in determining the QoL of lower limb amputees in terms of the physical functioning. Physicians must thus encourage all amputees to undergo a well-structured rehabilitation and vocational training program so as to improve physical functioning and QoL of the amputees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume22
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Amputees
Malaysia
Tertiary Care Centers
Lower Extremity
Quality of Life
Comorbidity
Knee
Vocational Education
Health Surveys
Amputation
Software
Rehabilitation
Cross-Sectional Studies
Physicians
Education

Keywords

  • Comorbidities
  • Employment
  • Lower limb amputees
  • Mental component score
  • Physical component score
  • Quality of life
  • SF-36

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  • Medicine(all)

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Htwe, O., Suganthini, S., Kelvin Lee, X. Z., Siti Maryam, A. H., HadiFadhil, M. S., Kumaragu, S., ... Selvi Naicker, A. (2015). Quality of life among lower limb amputees treated at the tertiary hospital, Malaysia. International Medical Journal, 22(3), 171-174.

Quality of life among lower limb amputees treated at the tertiary hospital, Malaysia. / Htwe, Ohnmar; Suganthini, S.; Kelvin Lee, X. Z.; Siti Maryam, A. H.; HadiFadhil, M. S.; Kumaragu, S.; Joseph H, Leonard; Tan, A. A.; Khin, N. Y.; Selvi Naicker, Amaramalar.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2015, p. 171-174.

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Htwe, O, Suganthini, S, Kelvin Lee, XZ, Siti Maryam, AH, HadiFadhil, MS, Kumaragu, S, Joseph H, L, Tan, AA, Khin, NY & Selvi Naicker, A 2015, 'Quality of life among lower limb amputees treated at the tertiary hospital, Malaysia', International Medical Journal, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 171-174.
Htwe O, Suganthini S, Kelvin Lee XZ, Siti Maryam AH, HadiFadhil MS, Kumaragu S et al. Quality of life among lower limb amputees treated at the tertiary hospital, Malaysia. International Medical Journal. 2015;22(3):171-174.
Htwe, Ohnmar ; Suganthini, S. ; Kelvin Lee, X. Z. ; Siti Maryam, A. H. ; HadiFadhil, M. S. ; Kumaragu, S. ; Joseph H, Leonard ; Tan, A. A. ; Khin, N. Y. ; Selvi Naicker, Amaramalar. / Quality of life among lower limb amputees treated at the tertiary hospital, Malaysia. In: International Medical Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 171-174.
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