Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jan Stube


Amputees; Amputation -- rehabilitation; Military Personnel; Prosthesis Design


There are a growing number of U.S. military soldiers medically discharged due to injuries sustained while on active duty. A number of these injuries result in limb amputation. The purpose of this scholarly project was to develop an evidence-based resource guide for a population of soldiers returning from war having an amputation and utilizing a prosthetic.

An extensive literature review was conducted in order to develop the occupational therapy role for this population. Three main areas of concern were identified: 1) a lack of information related to prosthetic use during instrumental activities of daily living, 2) limited information regarding reintegration back into work roles, and 3) minimal resources available regarding the process of returning to active duty following injury and prosthetic rehabilitation.

This evidence-based and user-friendly guide was designed for occupational therapists to be given to clients fitting the target population criteria. The aim of this guide is to provide further information on prosthetic usage in instrumental activities of daily living and direction for successful reintegration into work and life roles. It should be used as an adjunctive resource to supplement existing resources, and should be viewed collaboratively with the soldier when preparing to re-integrate into the community.