The experience of lower limb amputation: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
(2015) The experience of lower limb amputation: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, no. 55.
Despite there being relatively sufficient quantitative research efforts directed towards amputation, there is little qualitative or amputation specific research in this area. This study is an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of lower limb amputation experience. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 8 individuals who have lower limb amputations. Phenomenological analysis was performed on the data collected. Situational factors, phantom limb pain, support, low mood and psychological support, prosthesis relationship and attitude (both of others and the individual) were all deemed to influence amputation experience; however the manner in which they do so is dependent on the individual. The study concludes that lower limb amputation experience is a dynamic endeavour encompassing several factors which are all subject to individual differences. Future researcher would benefit from exploring specific lower limb amputations and the subsequent impact on experience.