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User experiences of digital prostheses in daily functioning in people with an amputation of thumb or finger

Published:February 25, 2022DOI:


      • This small qualitative study found that finger prostheses can make an important contribution in being able to act autonomously in everyday life. Over time, the need for, or type of digital prosthesis may change. These findings can help practitioners in advising clients regarding the most appropriate digital prosthetic to meet their needs.


      Study Design"

      Qualitative research design using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to interpret users’ experiences with digital prostheses.


      Digital prostheses are rarely used, and little is known about the experiences of traumatic finger amputees with digital prostheses. When advising patients regarding digital prostheses, it is crucial for professionals to understand users experiences of wearing a digital prosthesis and the meaning attached to wearing a digital prosthesis.

      Purpose of study

      The aim of this study was to explore and understand users experiences of wearing a digital prostheses in daily functioning.


      Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted, recorded, and transcribed. The written interview texts were analysed following Interpretative phenomenological analysis guidelines.


      Four participants were interviewed. They experienced the prostheses as valuable additions to their daily functioning. Three different themes relating to wearing and using digital prostheses emerged from in-depth analysis of the data: How the prosthesis supporting them regaining a ‘grip’ on life, reduced overload on unaffected side and restored body image.


      This study provides a deeper understanding of the experiences of people with digital amputations who use prostheses. Most importantly, that a prosthesis is of crucial importance for participants to be able to act independently and autonomously as well as to participate in family, work and social environments. This insight will help practitioners when considering, with clients the most appropriate digital prosthesis to meet their goals.


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      • # 1.
        The study design is
        • a.
        • b.
          case report
        • c.
        • d.
          case series
      • # 2.
        The study focuses on
        • a.
          user experiences
        • b.
          clinical problems of single digit prosthetic use
        • c.
          therapists’ impressions of patient experiences
        • d.
          problems with proper fitting of single digit prosthetics
      • # 3.
        Content material was gleaned through
        • a.
          chart reviews
        • b.
          therapist interviews
        • c.
          literature searches
        • d.
          patient interviews
      • # 4.
        At the top of the list of patient concerns was
        • a.
          fit and comfort of the prosthesis
        • b.
          esthetics of the prosthesis
        • c.
          utility of the prosthesis
        • d.
          cost of the prosthesis
      • # 5.
        Autonomy in daily life was voiced repeatedly
        • a.
          not true
        • b.
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