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A survey of prosthetic preferences in the UK and Greece

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posted on 25.09.2018, 14:58 by Anna Vlachaki, Abby Paterson, Samantha Porter, Richard Bibb
People with limb loss are considered as disabled and they are stigmatised. However, the use of prostheses that express their identity has potential to change society’s opinion and eliminate stigmatisation. Using an online questionnaire, the aim of the study was to understand users’ preferences towards prostheses and whether culture affects them with the aim of designing more suitable prostheses for them. In order to investigate people’s preferences, with respect to cultural diversity, the study was conducted in the UK and Greece. There were 136 valid answers. The sample methods of the research are non-probability. Through the demographic and disability related variables that were tested, age and cause of limb loss appear to be independent of culture. The results present similarities between the two countries regarding the hierarchy of the preferences. However, the reasons for participants’ preferences towards prosthetic limbs significantly differ; in the UK people are concerned about identity, whilst in Greece the concern is for social reasons. Functional concerns constitute the most important issues to both countries.

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DRS2018 International Conference Proceedings

Volume

2

Issue

7

Pages

747 - 762

Citation

VLACHAKI, A. ... et al, 2018. A survey of prosthetic preferences in the UK and Greece. IN: Storni, C. ... et al (eds). Proceedings of Design Research Society 2018 (DRS 2018) International Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 25-28 June 2018, Volume 2, (Section 7), pp.747-762.

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Design Research Society

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02/02/2018

Publication date

2018

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

ISBN

9781912294176

ISSN

2398-3132

Language

en

Location

Limerick: Ireland

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