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Coping after trans-femoral amputation due to trauma or tumour: a phenomenological approach
Lund University Hospital, Scandinavian Orthopaedic Laboratory.
University of Lund, Department of Physical Therapy.
2004 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 26, no 14/15, p. 851-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE: To describe, by use of a phenomenological approach, how relatively young trans-femoral amputees experienced their amputation and their coping strategies in the acute phase and over time. METHOD: Eleven trans-femoral amputees, median age 33.5 years, were interviewed. The amputation was caused by tumour, motorcycle accidents or work-related traumas. Amputation was made in median 7.5 years before the interview. The informants were community dwelling and managed well indoors. One had a half disablement pension and all the others were working or studying full time. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. RESULTS: Two themes emerged. In the first theme 'Experiences of the amputation' denial and avoidance were the coping strategies mainly used. In the second theme 'Coping strategies to relate to a new norm' the informants used downward comparison, positive comparison and repression. Only one informant indicated a full acceptance of his situation. CONCLUSION: Relatively young, trans-femoral amputees within this sample, have not reached the acceptance level, though a long time has passed since the amputation. They might have benefited from professional support and guidance during the rehabilitation process in order to improve coping strategies to relate to a new norm.

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2004. Vol. 26, no 14/15, p. 851-61
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2507Local ID: 02061620-bb51-11db-b560-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-2507DiVA, id: diva2:975359
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