This document gives a summary of key findings of a study that explores the impact of limb-loss across for veterans across the life course and in particular in relation to how veterans maintain independence with the loss of a limb.
The full report can be found here.
The main aims of this study were: 1) To explore the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of older, limbless veterans across the life-course; 2) To ascertain the factors that contribute to the ability of limbless veterans to maintain their independence at various stages in their lives. Ultimately, this research aimed to produce recommendations for health and social care policy around the requirements of an ageing veteran population, inform future service design, and shape the interface between NHS and third sector organisations with responsibility to care for limbless veterans. The research used a peer-led approach to successfully identify and engage older limbless veterans. The research team conducted detailed life history interviews. The life histories of 32 limbless veterans, aged between 43 and 95 formed the data for the study. Each of the participants were involved in semistructured life history interviews.
Northumbria University, 2019. Maintaining Independence: A Study into the Health and Social Well being of Older Limbless Veterans. Summary of key findings, prepared for Northumbria University, Newcastle and Anglia Ruskin University.