Topic: Research assistance – The Impact of Prosthetic Limbs on children with Bilateral Lower Limb Amputations

Contact person: Siphosethu Zantsi

Email: 17786975@sun.ac.za / siphosethuzantsi@gmail.com

Institution: Stellenbosch University (Physiotherapy Dept)

OVERVIEW

The purpose of this study is to interview children who have bilateral lower limbs amputations and have received prosthetic limbs. The study aims to explore how prosthetics have impacted children with bilateral lower limb amputations on a wide functioning scale such as physical function, social integration, participation, belongingness and body image.

Key stakeholders will also be interviewed in this study and will include physiotherapists and prosthetists on the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) or South African Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (SAOPA) who rehabilitate children with bilateral lower limb amputations and have at least five years of experience working within the South African context, as well as older persons who are prosthetic users and suffered bilateral lower limb amputations during their childhood. The aim of including these key stakeholders in the study is to explore which additional constructs should be considered specifically for children with bilateral lower limb amputations.

A copy of my thesis protocol discussing all aspects related to the proposed research study along with all relevant addenda has been attached to this letter. A copy of the Ethics Approval from the University of Stellenbosch Research Ethics Committee has been provided. It is the intention of the primary researcher to publish the study results.


Topic: Research assistance – Early pressure injury assessment (from devices) across different patient skin tones

Contact person: Molly Monaghan

Email: momo18il@student.ju.se

Institution: Jönköping University in Sweden

OVERVIEW

We are currently conducting our bachelor thesis project and are looking for South African CPOs to participate. This project will study the knowledge that Certified Prosthetist/Orthotists (CPOs) have regarding early pressure injury assessment (from devices) across different patient skin tones. The reason for this topic is that we have noticed our education and literature in Sweden is geared towards lighter skin tones, and we lack knowledge on how to assess darker skin tones.

For this reason it would be particularly insightful to examine a South African CPOs perception and knowledge of this topic since they are likely to have experience with more skin tones than in Sweden. We have conducted 5 interviews in Sweden but have only been able to get 1 in South Africa so far (which was alone incredibly helpful). However, we require at least one or two more participants in South Africa to create a credible report. We are both very passionate about this topic in hopes to begin discussions in our field about its lack of skin tone diversity knowledge regarding early pressure injuries, which have already begun in the medical and nursing fields.

30 minute interviews will be conducted over Zoom, in a relaxed semi-structured open-ended question format. Our goal is simply to hear the participants experience on the topic (not to test their knowledge).