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Exploring users’ attitudes towards prosthesis aesthetics in the UK and Greece

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posted on 31.01.2020, 13:47 by Anna Vlachaki, Abby Paterson, Samantha Porter, Richard Bibb
Previous studies have highlighted the importance of prostheses on users’ well-being; however, the effects of the prosthetic appearance on users’ lives have not been thoroughly explored. The aim of this study was to explore how the aesthetics of prosthetic limbs affected users in two countries with different cultures; the UK and Greece. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used based on semi-structured interviews, alongside probes. Seven participants (nUK=4; nGR=3) were recruited, based on purposive methods. All the participants were adults, who had limb-loss due to amputation. The results regarding the role of prosthetic limbs, with respect to their appearance, revealed one theme related to users’ personal life, and two opposing themes regarding users’ social lives. Prosthetic limbs with unattractive appearance negatively affected participants’ well-being, whilst expressive prostheses, an alternative prosthetic type that focuses on highlighting users’ identity, could increase their selfconfidence. Regardless of the extent to which participants were conscious about the aesthetics of their prostheses, they indicated that expressive prostheses were more attractive. Therefore, they could educate society and help users be more easily accepted. However, caution needs to be paid in the case of collectivistic societies, as expressive prostheses could increase users’ stigmatisation.

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Published in

Design for Health

Volume

4

Issue

1

Pages

4 - 23

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design for Health on 14 February 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/24735132.2020.1727699.

Acceptance date

30/01/2020

Publication date

2020-02-14

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2473-5132

eISSN

2473-5140

Language

en

Depositor

Miss Anna Vlachaki Deposit date: 31 January 2020

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