Do you have a lower limb amputation due to a vascular complication or diabetes? Are you a healthcare provider that works with people with amputations? You may be able to participate in a research study identifying barriers that exist for people throughout the amputation process. Compensation is provided.
Around 400 amputations due to a vascular complication or diabetes occur yearly within the Pittsburgh regional UPMC hospitals, but it is unclear who is following an ideal pathway and what barriers may exist. By completing this study, we will identify barriers to effective treatment and follow-up care for patients with lower limb amputation in the UPMC system and will develop a list of priorities for improving this treatment pathway. Additionally, our goal is to improve our care pathway and deliver fair patient centered care.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Eligible participants are:
- Age 18 or older
- Patients that have undergone a dysvascular lower extremity amputation at a UPMC hospital
- Patients that are 6-12 months post-initial amputation
- Healthcare providers involved in the care of these patients, including physicians, physician assistants, therapists, and prosthetists
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
This research study involves an interview and single human centered design (HCD) session to understand the individual viewpoints and provide recommendations to improve care in the UPMC system. Portions of the virtual sessions will be recorded. We will only use recordings of your voice, with your consent, for research purposes.