1. How can we reduce the rates of major lower limb amputations?
2. What are the best ways to support rehabilitation following amputation?
3. How can we improve clinical outcomes for patients following major limb amputation?
4. What are the best ways to prevent or treat pain (including phantom pain) after amputation?
5. How do we improve the information provided to patients undergoing amputation?
6. In a person who has undergone a minor amputation in the foot, how are the changes of a subsequent major lower limb amputation above the ankle reduced?
7. How do you improve healing of the amputated stump?
8a. In a person who has undergone amputation, how do you reduce the chances of amputation in the other limb?
8b. How do we optimise prosthetic limb use following amputation?
8c. When is it appropriate to perform a major amputation?
The process of developing these 10 reserch priorities is outlined in an open-access peer reviewed paper published in the Journal of the Vascular Societies of Great Britain and Ireland:
Bosanquet DC, Nandhra S, Wong KHF, Long J, Chetter IC, Hinchliffe RJ on behalf of The Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland Amputation Special Interest Group James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. Research priorities for lower limb amputation in patients with vascular disease. J.Vasc.Soc.G.B.Irel. 2021;1(1):11-14. http://doi.org/10.54522/jvsgbi.2021.001
Robert Hinchliffe – Vascular Surgeon
David Bosanquet – Vascular Surgeon
A MDT team including patients, physiotherapists, rehabilitation specialists (clinical and non-clinical), vascular surgeons, occupational therapists, anaesthetists, pain specialists, qualitative researchers, trainees, charity representatives.
If you have an interest in the top 10 priorities for Amputation, you can contact the Amputation SIG via Mr David Bosanquet (email@example.com).