Early post-amputation rehabilitation is critical for maintaining patient health and independence, returning to activities of daily living, and as new studies reveal, reducing economic burden. The IMPACT study series, recently published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AJPMR) and PM&R Journal, suggests that delaying or not providing a prosthesis increases direct healthcare costs by approximately 25 percent over the initial 12 months post-amputation. For this session, we will dive into the study series and key clinical post-op implications for the patient population we all serve.
Analyze the recently published IMPACT study series and related economic science driving care today
Outline possible implications of the study as it relates to direct health care costs
Compare the techniques for immediate and early prosthetic interventions
Provide criteria to determine the patient’s readiness for prosthetic fitting