- April 11, 2016
- Lyons P&O
The University of Washington has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop a new measure of mobility for persons who use lower limb prostheses to be called the Prosthetic Limb Users Survey (PLUS).
Existing measures of prosthetic outcomes have serious shortcomings including considerable floor and/or ceiling effects and no solid evidence that the scores are responsive to clinically meaningful changes. As you can imagine, it takes a considerable amount of work to develop a new outcome measure that will provide valid, clinically-meaningful scores that are sensitive to change, yet are brief and easy to administer. Most importantly it cannot be accomplished without the assistance of prosthetists, physicians, and persons who use lower limb prostheses!
As one step in the development process, UW researchers need volunteers who use lower limb prostheses to fill out an online survey about themselves, their health, and things that they can do with their prosthesis.