Being in-between: The lived experience of becoming a prosthesis user following the loss of a leg

Annelise Norlyk, Bente Martinsen Woythal, Elisabeth Hall, Anita Haahr

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Many persons with leg amputations experience that using a prosthesis enriches their quality of life. However, there is an ongoing concern with underuse and nonuse of artificial limbs in lower limb prosthetic rehabilitation. Studies have identified an initial critical stage among potential prosthetic users.
The aim of this study was to explore the lived experience of becoming a prosthetic user as seen from the perspective of patients.
The study is based on the phenomenological framework of Reflective Lifeworld Research (RLR). Data were collected through three in-depth interviews with each of the eight participants during the first year post amputation. Data were analysed according to the guidelines given in RLR.
The findings showed that the participants found themselves in a state of in-between existence. They felt disconnected from their usual lives and not yet integrated in a new and different life. In this in-between existence, the participants oscillated between experiences of victory and defeat.
The study adds to increased understanding of the initial critical stage of becoming a prosthesis user by showing that this in-between existence is inherent in the process of becoming a prosthesis user. To become a prosthesis user requires a high degree of stamina and resilience as this in-between existence takes its toll on patients’ recovering process.
TidsskriftSAGE Open
Sider (fra-til)1-9
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa

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