Holistic understanding on how individuals manage change post amputation

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Razaq, Hamza
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Previous research into different causes of why patients need amputations focuses primarily on occurrence of change in a physical form after the procedure. However, how patients manage these changes has been overlooked. With reports indicating rising levels of vascular diseases and a statistical increase on the number of amputations occurring weekly. This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of individuals managing these changes in a holistic approach. The study sought to explore key areas of change and how these changes were being managed. Qualitative research was carried out with four patients who had an amputation, Data was collected using a semi structured interview process. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts generated Three themes reflecting: (a) The Body, (b) The Mind, (c) The External Supports. Implications of these themes focused on the Physical, Mental and Social needs of patients, incorporating these needs into treatment plans could be of benefit to healthcare professionals.