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Quality of Life in Lower-Limb Amputees 10 Years After the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake: A Cross-Sectional Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 August 2021

Qian Wang
Center of Rehabilitation Medicine, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Caiyun Chen
Center of Comprehensive Service of Disabled, Deyang, Sichuan, China
Sheng Zhang
Center of Comprehensive Service of Disabled, Deyang, Sichuan, China
Yimin Tang
Center of Comprehensive Service of Disabled, Deyang, Sichuan, China
Hongxia Wang
Center of Comprehensive Service of Disabled, Deyang, Sichuan, China
Xue Zhou
Center of Comprehensive Service of Disabled, Deyang, Sichuan, China
Man-sang Wong*
Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Corresponding author: Man-sang Wong, Email:



The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term outcome of quality of life (QOL) in the lower-limb amputees 10 years after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.


In the cross-sectional study, 66 lower-limb amputees were recruited. The prosthetics-related QOL was assessed using the Prosthetic Evaluation Questionnaire (PEQ) in terms of the scales of utility, appearance, sounds, residual limb health, perceived response, frustration, social burden, ambulation, and well-being. The score of each PEQ subscale was calculated and compared among the cohorts with different demographic characteristics.


The PEQ scores showed that the scales of sounds, residual limb health, and frustration were still low in the lower-limb amputees 10 years after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The comparison of PEQ scales among cohorts with different demographic characteristics indicated that the potential demographic risk factors, namely, age, marital status, educational level, living independence, and comorbidity, were associated with prosthesis-related QOL.


The prosthesis-related QOL of the lower-limb amputees 10 years after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake has been partly documented in this study. The potential demographic risk factors associated with QOL of amputees were also identified. These findings could enhance the understanding of prosthesis-related QOL of lower-limb amputees sustained in an earthquake and facilitate the optimization of post-disaster rehabilitation strategies.

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© Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. 2021

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