Project Title

How do veterans with limb amputation perceive health-related quality of life?

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WCHHS - Nursing

Faculty Sponsor Name

Mary Dioise Ramos

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Abstract (300 words maximum)

Background: The quality of life is diminished among veterans with limb amputation. Affecting factors include phantom pain, level of amputation, PTSD, and drug usage. Consequences of not acknowledging affecting factors government expenses, increased unemployment, low mental health, and other life obstacles. If this problem continues to go unaddressed, the rate of unemployment will rise, and mental health and quality of life for veterans will decline at even faster rates. Objective: This systematic review aimed to explore the perception of health-related quality of life among veterans with limb amputation. Method: The systematic review was done by using CINAHL, EBSCOHost, PubMed, Google Scholar, Clinicaltrails.gov, and Cochrane centrals databases to identify eligible studies. Results: Data was analyzed from the 86 articles included in the study. According to the articles, veterans with limb amputations perceive their health-related quality of live to be poor. This is due to many being unable to work and financially support themselves, phantom limb pain and the difficult physical rehabilitation, and the psychological stress of knowing they can no longer do activities they once could, these being the most popular beliefs. Conclusion: The perception of health-related quality of life for veterans with limb amputations is less than a non-veteran with no limb amputation(s).

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How do veterans with limb amputation perceive health-related quality of life?

Background: The quality of life is diminished among veterans with limb amputation. Affecting factors include phantom pain, level of amputation, PTSD, and drug usage. Consequences of not acknowledging affecting factors government expenses, increased unemployment, low mental health, and other life obstacles. If this problem continues to go unaddressed, the rate of unemployment will rise, and mental health and quality of life for veterans will decline at even faster rates. Objective: This systematic review aimed to explore the perception of health-related quality of life among veterans with limb amputation. Method: The systematic review was done by using CINAHL, EBSCOHost, PubMed, Google Scholar, Clinicaltrails.gov, and Cochrane centrals databases to identify eligible studies. Results: Data was analyzed from the 86 articles included in the study. According to the articles, veterans with limb amputations perceive their health-related quality of live to be poor. This is due to many being unable to work and financially support themselves, phantom limb pain and the difficult physical rehabilitation, and the psychological stress of knowing they can no longer do activities they once could, these being the most popular beliefs. Conclusion: The perception of health-related quality of life for veterans with limb amputations is less than a non-veteran with no limb amputation(s).