Phantom pain and health-related quality of life in lower limb amputees

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2002 Oct;24(4):429-36. doi: 10.1016/s0885-3924(02)00511-0.


Amputation of a limb may affect quality of life. However, little is known concerning health-related quality of life in amputees. The purposes of this study were to describe health-related quality of life in a population of lower limb amputees and to investigate potential determinants, including phantom pain. Data from 437 patients with a lower limb amputation were analyzed in this cross-sectional study. Amputation-related problems were investigated using a questionnaire. Health-related quality of life was investigated using the RAND-36 DLV. Amputees with phantom pain had a poorer health-related quality of life than amputees without phantom pain. In general, the most important amputation-specific determinants of health-related quality of life were "walking distance" and "stump pain."

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Amputation*
  • Amputees*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Leg / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / physiopathology*
  • Phantom Limb / physiopathology*
  • Quality of Life*