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Coping after trans-femoral amputation due to trauma or tumour--a phenomenological approach.

Sjödahl Hammarlund, Catharina LU ; Gard, Gunvor LU and Jarnlo, Gun-Britt LU (2004) In Disability and Rehabilitation 26(14-15). p.851-861
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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10.1080/09638280410001662996
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  abstract     = {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.<br/><br>
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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.<br/><br>
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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.<br/><br>
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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.},
  author       = {Sjödahl Hammarlund, Catharina and Gard, Gunvor and Jarnlo, Gun-Britt},
  issn         = {0963-8288},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {14-15},
  pages        = {851--861},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Disability and Rehabilitation},
  title        = {Coping after trans-femoral amputation due to trauma or tumour--a phenomenological approach.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638280410001662996},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2004},
}