Factors associated with the Quality of life among individuals with a lower limb prosthesis in Southern Thailand

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Supachai Kaewdoung
Bhunyabhadh Chaimay
Somkiattiyos Woradet


Background: Lower limb amputation is a major loss, leading to disability and a significant health burden. Although amputees are provided with prostheses to return to daily life. It is undeniable that this affects many aspects, including quality of life.

Objectives: To determine the level of quality of life (QOL) and factors associated with QOL in persons with lower limb prostheses (LLP).

Methods: Analytic cross-sectional study with 315 people who visited public health services in southern Thailand. The sample was selected using the cluster sampling method. Data were collected using questionnaires, the World Health Organization of Quality of Life – Brief – Thai (WHOQOL-BREF-THAI) version. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to analyze factors associated with QOL of people with LLP.

Results: The result showed that zthe QOL of people with LLP was rated at a good level (64.76%; M±SD=101.31±14.12). The factors significantly associated with the QOL of people with LLP were female (Adjusted OR [ORadj] = 0.33, 95%CI: 0.17-0.70), merchant or self-employed (ORadj = 9.09, 95%CI: 2.24-36.76), leg amputation due to accident (ORadj = 7.36, 95%CI: 3.13-17.30), stump problem (ORadj = 0.22, 95%CI: 0.92 - 0.53), sufficient income (ORadj = 6.91, 95%CI: 3.28-14.57), family relationship (ORadj = 3.20, 95%CI: 1.01-10.11), and need for support in daily living (ORadj = 0.34, 95%CI: 1.14-0.79).

Conclusions: The QOL of people with LLP was assessed at a good level. Factors such as gender, occupation, cause of amputation, stump problem, income, family relationship and activity of daily living were associated with the QOL of people with LLP.


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Kaewdoung ศ., Chaimay ป. ., & Woradet ส. (2021). Factors associated with the Quality of life among individuals with a lower limb prosthesis in Southern Thailand. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH, 15(3), 133–145. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JHR/article/view/250084
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