Narrative Experiences of Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation: A Qualitative Study


Küçük Öztürk G., YÜCELER KAÇMAZ H., Öztürk R. İ.

International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/15347346221087497
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, DIALNET
  • Keywords: lower limb amputation, narrative experiences, qualitative study, OF-LIFE
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No

Abstract

© The Author(s) 2022.Aim: The present study aimed to determine the narrative experiences of individuals undergoing lower limb amputation. Method: This study was a qualitative study conducted using the phenomenological pattern. Using purposive sampling, 13 individuals with lower limb amputation were selected and interviewed. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the content analysis method. Results: The mean age of the 13 individuals was 51.17 ± 8.7 years. Five of the individuals were female and eight of them were male. A main theme and four sub-themes were identified. This main theme together with sub-themes were Dead End (Process of Loss, Negative Feelings, Change, Adapting to New Life). The individuals expressed mostly negative feelings and thoughts while also emphasizing the rehabilitation process (positive sides). Conclusions: Individuals with lower limb amputations stated there were positive factors affecting the rehabilitation process while emphasizing negative thoughts and feelings during the amputation process. These results can be used in planning for training, counseling and therapeutic interviews to protect the psychosocial health of individuals with lower limb amputation.