Rehabilitation and transition in military veterans after limb-loss

Mcgill, Gill, Wilson, Gemma, Caddick, Nick, Forster, Natalie and Kiernan, Matt (2020) Rehabilitation and transition in military veterans after limb-loss. Disability and Rehabilitation. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0963-8288 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to explore the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of veterans who have experienced limb-loss and to ascertain the factors that contribute to the ability of veterans to maintain their independence at various stages in their lives.

Methods: Sixty two life-story interviews were conducted with 32 veterans (aged between 40 and 95) who had experienced limb-loss either during or after military service.

Results: Three overarching superordinate themes and related sub-themes were generated from a detailed Framework Analysis “Barriers to transition” describes issues related to employment, legal support and compensation, stigma and loss of identity. “Disparity of care” highlights the issues related to military and civilian care and prosthetics service user experience. The final superordinate theme, “Enduring challenge of limb loss,” considers stoicism, dealing with pain, mobility, physical isolation and social networks.

Conclusions: The outcomes offer an opportunity to shape future health and social care policy around the requirements of veterans who have experienced limb-loss by understanding the complexity, and ascertaining the factors that contribute to, maintaining long-term independence.

Implication for Rehabilitation
The outcomes offer an opportunity to shape future health and social care policy around the requirements of veterans who have experienced limb-loss by understanding the complexity, and ascertaining the factors that contribute to rehabilitation and maintaining long-term independence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: limb loss, military veteran, life-course, health and social care
Subjects: B300 Complementary Medicine
B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 15:57
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 16:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42380

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