Activity and Participation in individuals who have received lower limb prostheses from Exceed : A qualitative study conducted in Cambodia
Abstract: Background: Cambodia has one of the highest percentages of persons living with disability in the world. Disabled people often encounter stigma in the community, and they do not have the same access to a range of services as the rest of the population. A prosthetic device can enable a disabled person and help them to become more active and participating. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the perception of individuals who have received lower limb prosthesis from Exceed regarding factors that affect their level of activity and participation. Method: The study is based on recorded qualitative interviews with semi-structured questions. 10 participants between the age of 22-68 who had a prosthesis were included in the study. An inductive content analysis was performed on the data. Results:The study yielded two main categories which affected the participants activity and participation; Prosthetic limb and a Psychosocial environment. Conclusion: This study gives a deeper understanding of facilitators and barriers affecting activity and participation for individuals with a prosthesis. The results of this study highlight the complexity of the issue and the importance of both the prosthetic device and psychosocial environment. The study gives an insight into factor contributing to different levels of activity and participation and it can help to improve the outcome for prosthetic users.
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