A study at the University of Colorado Osseointegration Research Consortium is being conducted to develop a consensus of what prosthetic components should be prescribed to patients with osseointegrated (OI) limbs. The study will survey prosthetists and clinicians from around the world about which prosthetic components they believe would provide the best outcomes for patients with bone-anchored limbs. The researchers hope that the insights will aid in establishing guidelines for new clinicians when deciding on which prosthetic components to provide for patients.
Clinicians with prior experience working with patients with lower-limb OI are invited to participate. The following criteria are required:
- Certified prosthetist/orthotist, a physical/occupational therapist, or a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician
- Provided care for at least three patients with transtibial or transfemoral amputations, with either screw-fit or press-fit osseointegrated implants.
- Clinical follow up with at least two of the aforementioned patients at least one year after receiving their OI implants
The Delphi study will take place over the course of three rounds of surveys. The first survey will ask questions about the recommended prosthetic setup for several case patients with lower-limb amputations, and the degree to which different prosthetic components are appropriate. The next two surveys will be sent out approximately two to three months later and will ask for ratings of agreement with common themes arising from the previous survey. The method aims to arrive at a consensus agreed upon about prosthetic components.
The first survey is estimated to take approximately 60 minutes to complete, and each subsequent survey will take less time than the previous. The surveys will not need to be completed in a single sitting and can be self-paced.
To complete the eligibility survey, visit ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Lp6v0LFmMLejHw.
For questions regarding the study, contact Eric J. Earley, PhD at [email protected].