Prognostic factors in rehabilitation of above knee amputees for vascular diseases

Marco Traballesi, Stefano Brunelli, Luca Pratesi, Marco Pulcini, Claudio Angioni, Stefano Paolucci

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Purpose: This study was undertaken to predict rehabilitation potential and prognostic factors of patients undergoing above knee amputation for vascular diseases. Method: In a prospective study on 144 patients consecutively admitted to our rehabilitation unit for above knee amputation, multiple regression analyses were used to assess the relationship between nine independent variables and a battery of outcome measures: the Rivermead Mobility Index (RMI) and Barthel Index (BI) effectiveness on discharge, length of hospital stay. Two multiple logistic regressions were performed, using as dependent variable the occurrence of good or partial autonomy in mobility, quantified as RMI scores. Results: Advanced age was the most powerful prognostic factor influencing effectiveness expressed as both mobility (RMI) and BI. Patients aged <65 years had a greater probability (odds ratio 2.92) of good autonomy in mobility than older patients. The absence of vascular impairment of the residual limb and timely admission to the rehabilitation hospital correlated positively with effectiveness of mobility. Conclusions: These findings indicate that relevant prognostic factors can be identified at the beginning of rehabilitation treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-384
Number of pages5
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998


  • Amputation
  • Vascular disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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