Narratives of recovery over the first year after major lower limb loss

Sanders, Phoebe, Wadey, Ross, Day, Melissa C. and Winter, Stacy (2020) Narratives of recovery over the first year after major lower limb loss. Qualitative Health Research, 30 (13). pp. 2049-2063. ISSN 1049-7323

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The objectives of this research were to extend previous research by exploring the psychosocial experiences of patients over the first year after major lower limb amputation (MLLA) and identify implications for rehabilitation practice. This research took place at a UK-based, National Health Service-operated prosthetic rehabilitation centre. Thirty patients were recruited who had experienced MLLA within the last year and were undertaking prosthetic rehabilitation. Data were collected through semi-structured narrative interviews, observation, and a reflexive journal, and analysed using dialogical narrative analysis. The concept of well-being was used to map patients’ recovery trajectories, and five narrative typologies were identified: accelerated decline, adaptation, illusory cure, muddling along, and projection. This article advances knowledge by opening up new possibilities for anticipating patients’ future needs through the stories they are telling in the present and provides the basis for additional resources supporting psychosocial recovery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Research Centres > CCASES
Depositing User: Melissa Day
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2020 08:23
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 15:31

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