The most recent large-scale study of amputation in the United States found that 1.6 million people were living with limb loss in the country in 2005. With 185,000 amputations occurring annually, the total number of people with amputation in the U.S. (accounting for mortality) is projected to double by the year 2050. The rising incidence of amputations observed in the U.S. thus can largely be attributed to vascular disease and comorbid diabetes, the latter accounting for more than 60 percent of nontraumatic amputations in the U.S. today. Furthermore, the number of people living with diabetes in the U.S. in 2011— 25.8 million— is predicted to double by 2030. Those who sustain an amputation encounter multiple challenges during their recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration into their homes and communities. Rehabilitation after amputation is a complex physical and psychological challenge. Obtaining access to appropriate prosthetic services is an important part of this process. Yet the disparities that exist in the current healthcare system pose substantial barriers for people who have lost limbs. For reasons we will discuss, those with the least resources and education are disproportionately represented in the amputee population. Not only are they at higher risk for sustaining an amputation, but they often have less access to appropriate comprehensive care.
Webinar participants should be able to:
- Understand the significant number of people at risk for limb loss in the U.S.
- Understand the numbers of people with limb loss and the prediction that this number is doubling.
- Understand the impact that the fragmented healthcare system has on those with limb loss receiving appropriate rehabilitation services.
- Understand that there is significant health disparity in the U.S. around limb loss and obtaining services and prosthetics.
- Be empowered to advocate for strong programming for those with limb loss given the CARF standards and CARF leadership nationally.
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