Analysis of upper limb prosthetic and BMI data in Atlantic Canada
University of New Brunswick
This research used a quantitative method of approach and the study design was cross sequential in nature and retrospective since data used dates back to 1981. This study examined both the demographics of the total population and anthropometric data from a subset of working age group at the Atlantic Clinic for Upper Limb Prosthetics. The clinic population of 212 clients was adult dominated with the majority being males. Over the years, myoelectric prostheses have become the preferred choice of prosthesis for most of the clinic clients. This study has shown that older clients visited the clinic less frequently for fit issues compared to younger clients and they spent fewer days per clinic visit as well. This study also showed that a high proportion (77.8%) of the clinic subset population with acquired limb loss have BMIs above the overweight border-line indicating the need for more awareness of the health implication of being overweight.