As we’ve noted before, there aren’t any authoritative sources of top-line data about the US amputee population. That’s supposed to change soon, once the Limb Loss and Prevervation Registry gets up and running. In the interim, we’ll whet our appetite with the Liner Wand’s Amputee Community Survey, which came out earlier this month. Conducted between February 1 and March 15 of this year, the survey drew 336 responses to questions involving mental health, physical fitness, prosthesis satisfaction, and overall quality of life.
Before we get to the findings, an important caveat is in order. The people who responded to the Liner Wand survey differ significantly from the best estimates of the US amputee population’s demographic profile, which are largely based on a 2008 study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The APRM research isn’t perfect, as it’s 13 years old and is based on an incomplete data set. Even so, the APMR study examined a much larger population (more than 1 million people) than the Liner Wand survey, and therefore it’s presumed to be a more accurate reading of the community’s overall demographics.