Phantom pain and health-related quality of life in lower limb amputees

Cees P. van der Schans, Jan H B Geertzen, Tanneke Schoppen, Pieter U Dijkstra

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Amputation of a limb may affect quality of life. However, little is known concerning health-related quality of life in amputees. The purposes of this study were to describe health-related quality of life in a population of lower limb amputees and to investigate potential determinants, including phantom pain. Data from 437 patients with a lower limb amputation were analyzed in this cross-sectional study. Amputation-related problems were investigated using a questionnaire. Health-related quality of life was investigated using the RAND-36 DLV. Amputees with phantom pain had a poorer health-related quality of life than amputees without phantom pain. In general, the most important amputation-specific determinants of health-related quality of life were "walking distance" and "stump pain."

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-436
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • amputations
  • amputees
  • health status
  • humans
  • legs
  • middle aged
  • pain
  • phantom limb
  • quality of life


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