University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Current Research Studies: Prosthetics & Orthotics

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is currently conducting the following study in Prosthetics & Orthotics:

Outcomes Assessment in Prosthetics & Orthotics:

For people with functional disabilities such as limb amputation or absence, functional assessment is often used to appraise their potential to live independently outside of a care facility or to determine if they require assistance from friends, family, or healthcare specialists. The information gained during functional assessment can also help clinical service providers select appropriate prosthetic components or make changes to an existing prescription by monitoring functional changes that result from use of the prosthesis. Collecting such information is an essential activity in the provision of evidence-based healthcare.

The long-term objectives of this project are to improve measurement of clinical outcomes associated with use of an artificial limb (i.e., a prosthesis) or brace (i.e., an orthosis) and to increase the scientific knowledge of factors that contribute significantly to health outcomes, such as ability to perform daily life tasks, in individuals with lower limb amputation.

This project is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Washington Center on Outcomes Research in Rehabilitation (UWCORR).

For additional information on this study, please contact the Principal Investigator, Brian Hafner, PhD.

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