Factors influencing psychological adjustment after amputation in adult lower limb amputees: A review Mark Hudson1, Dr. Nathan Babiker2, & Dr. Ramesh Munjal2 1University of Sheffield & 2Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Contents 1. Background literature 2. Design of the present review 3. Results 4. Clinical and research implications 02/10/2015 © The University of Sheffield Background literature. Definition • Psychological adjustment to chronic disease involves at least five key domains: 1. Cognitive 2. Emotional 3. Interpersonal 4. Functional 5. Disease-related (Stanton, Revenson, & Tennen, 2007). Horgan & MacLachlan (2004) • Factors linked to better adjustment: • Perceived sense of control • Social support • Positive meaning • Time since amputation • Cause (trauma or disease) had no relationship. Horgan & MacLachlan (2004) • Factors linked to poorer adjustment: • Body image anxiety • Social discomfort • Pain catastrophising • Phantom limb pain • Women and younger people in a sub-set. • B/K amputees more depressed in one study. 02/10/2015 © The University of Sheffield Current review: Design. Rationale • Horgan & MacLachlan (2004) called for more qualitative and longitudinal research, and broader focus on QoL. • Significant number of studies published since the last review. • Increasing awareness of psychological risk factors in the MDT. • Increase own understanding to assist with treatment planning. Search strategy • The Psychinfo and Web of Science databases were searched, from 2004 up until February 2013. The following keyword search strategies were combined: • “psychological” or “psychosocial” • “adjustment” or “adaptation” • “amputation*” or “amputee*” Selection criteria • Population: adults with a lower limb amputation • Measures: At least one amputation-related, sociodemographic, or psychological predictor variable. A validated criterion measure of psychological adjustment. • Analysis: at least one statistical test examining the link between the predictor variables and criterion measures. • Article type: English language articles in peerreviewed journals. Paper retrieval Results. Factors linked to better adjustment • Greater levels of hope (Unwin, Kacperek, & Clarke, 2009) • Positive cognitive processing (Phelps, Williams, Raichle, Turner, & Ehde, 2008) • Increased problem solving ability (Desmond & MacLachlan, 2006a). • Having a positive appraisal of the amputation (Couture, Desrosiers, & Caron, 2011) Factors linked to better adjustment • Less phantom limb pain (Desmond et al. 2008; Whyte & Carroll, 2004) • Social support (Williams et al., 2004; Unwin et al., 2009; Hanley et al., 2004; Desmond & MacLachlan, 2006a; Hawemdah et al., 2008; Jenkins et al., 2008; Nunes et al., 2012; Singh et al., 2007) • Below-knee amputation in sub-set (Desmond & Maclachlan, 2006a; Couture et al., 2011). • Number of co-morbidties (Nunes et al., 2012; Singh et al., 2007; 2009) Factors linked to worse adjustment • Negative cognitive processing (Phelps et al., 2008) • • • • • Avoidance (Desmond & MacLachlan, 2006a) Pain catastrophising (Whyte & Carrol, 2004; Hanley et al., 2004) Public self-consciousness (Atherton & Robertson, 2006) Body-image disturbance (Coffey et al., 2009) Younger people (Gunawardena et al., 2007; Singh et al., 2009; Desmond & MacLachlan, 2006a ) • Female gender (Nunes et al., 2012) Mixed Findings • Time since amputation • Recent amputation more distressing (Desmond et al., 2006a; Nunes et al., 2012) • Recent amputation less distressing (Singh, 2007; 2009) • Cause of amputation • Disease related (Coffey et al., 2009; Desmond & Maclachlan, 2006a; Couture et al., 2011) • Trauma related (Hawemdah et al., 2008; Kratz et al., 2010) Common methodological issues • • • • • • Causality cannot be inferred Self-report bias Small sample sizes Selection bias Lack of control groups Variability in measurement tools Clinical and research implications. Clinical implications • Highlights those at risk of poor adjustment. • Indicates models of coping and resilience (Lazarus & Folkman; 1984; Yates & Masten, 2004) • Suggests therapy targets: • Changing meaning • Developing acceptance or active coping style • Social support. Research implications • Few studies on residual limb pain. • Pre-operative, longitudinal designs, with appropriate control groups needed. • Effect of ADM or alcohol/drug use. • Effect of repeated infections. Critique • Search limited to two databases • No hand-searching of journals • Grey literature not consulted • Written by one author • Experts were not consulted References Atherton, R. & Robertson, N. (2006). Psychological adjustment to lower limb amputation amongst prosthesis users. Disability and Rehabilitation, 28, 1201-1209 Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., Horgan, O., Desmond, D. & Maclachlan, M. (2009). Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes-related lower limb amputation. Diabetic Medicine, 26, 1063-1067. 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