Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Lavonne Fox


Amputees; Amputation -- rehabilitation; Occupational Therapy -- education; Prosthesis Design


"The prosthetic technology is effectively an interface between that person and the life they wish to lead" (Gallagher, 2004, p. 828). Occupational therapy can help individuals with prosthetics deal with psychosocial and physical aspects of his or her condition (Gulick, 2011). Current literature covers all aspects of prosthetics, but it is scattered in many different places. The results of a study conducted by Mitchell, Gorelick, Anderson, and Atkins (2014), approximately 3-5 hours or less are spent on prosthetic training, while 85% of respondents felt that it was considered to be “very important”. This scholarly project focuses to bridge this gap even when additional education cannot be provided in school.

An extensive literature review was conducted on topics relating to prosthetic guides, Occupational therapy, prosthetics guide for occupational therapy, orthopedic prosthesis, psychosocial, and prosthesis. The search databases used include Pubmed, Google Scholar, cinahl, and psychinfo. The literature review provided the authors with the introductory tools to competently treat an individual with a prosthesis as a novice student/therapist.

The finished product is the Prosthetics Guide for Occupational Students and New Graduates. This guide includes resources for occupational therapy students and new graduates in regards to, but not limited to, useful assessments, psychosocial components, physical aspects, and care of prosthetics.