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Children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations

Children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations
Children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations
Introduction
Prosthetic treatment is widely used for children and adolescents with upper limb difference, for functional benefit, cosmetic restoration or the performance of specific activities. Children and adolescents feel, however, that prostheses do not help function, are uncomfortable, are unreliable, are heavy and are not aesthetically acceptable. This research aims to develop an understanding of children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations.

Method
Eight children and adolescents with upper limb difference participated in a focus group (n=4) or an individual interview (n=4). Data was analysed using thematic analysis.

Results
Participants described both positive and negative views of their prostheses. Participants described experiences where their prosthesis was helpful to them for social interactions, when playing and in self-care and productive activities. However, participants also described choosing not to use prostheses due to lack of functional benefit, causing a hindrance in certain activities and restriction of movement.

Conclusion
Prostheses can be useful tools for occupational participation for children and adolescents. General purpose functional prostheses for children and adolescents can result in the prosthesis not being useful, becoming a hindrance and restricting movement. Task specific devices can overcome these issues to help children and adolescents in social interactions, when playing and in carrying out self-care and productive activities.
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Sims, Tara
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Donovan-Hall, Maggie
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Metcalf, Cheryl
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Sims, Tara
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Donovan-Hall, Maggie
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Metcalf, Cheryl
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Sims, Tara, Donovan-Hall, Maggie and Metcalf, Cheryl (2019) Children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. (doi:10.1177/0308022619865179).

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Abstract

Introduction
Prosthetic treatment is widely used for children and adolescents with upper limb difference, for functional benefit, cosmetic restoration or the performance of specific activities. Children and adolescents feel, however, that prostheses do not help function, are uncomfortable, are unreliable, are heavy and are not aesthetically acceptable. This research aims to develop an understanding of children’s and adolescents’ views on upper limb prostheses in relation to their daily occupations.

Method
Eight children and adolescents with upper limb difference participated in a focus group (n=4) or an individual interview (n=4). Data was analysed using thematic analysis.

Results
Participants described both positive and negative views of their prostheses. Participants described experiences where their prosthesis was helpful to them for social interactions, when playing and in self-care and productive activities. However, participants also described choosing not to use prostheses due to lack of functional benefit, causing a hindrance in certain activities and restriction of movement.

Conclusion
Prostheses can be useful tools for occupational participation for children and adolescents. General purpose functional prostheses for children and adolescents can result in the prosthesis not being useful, becoming a hindrance and restricting movement. Task specific devices can overcome these issues to help children and adolescents in social interactions, when playing and in carrying out self-care and productive activities.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 June 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 August 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 434770
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434770
ISSN: 0308-0226
PURE UUID: d50e0902-e1f8-4144-9130-288fb46e07d3
ORCID for Cheryl Metcalf: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7404-6066

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Date deposited: 09 Oct 2019 16:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 02:48

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Author: Tara Sims
Author: Cheryl Metcalf ORCID iD

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