Prosthetic Research

Be a part of Developing Research

IPO has partnered with leading facilities on the forefront of amputee research. We are currently partnered with University of Delaware and Widener University in patient recruitment for on-going amputee research studies. Below are details of the individual research studies we are currently seeking volunteers for to collect data.

Your participation is invaluable in developing knowledge available and the future of prosthetics.

If you have any questions or would like to be scheduled, please contact Rachel Beeson, RN, Prosthetic Liaison

Email: rbeeson@independencepo.com OR

Phone: (302) 894-9476

University of Delaware Amputee Research

1. Trunk Muscle Characteristics - Lower Limb Amputation

The goal of this study is to assess trunk muscle characteristics and their association with balance, function, and community participation in individuals with a lower-limb amputation.

  • Eligibility
    • Adults ages 18-85
    • Below-the-knee or above-the-knee amputation currently using a prosthesis
    • At least one year post amputation
    • Cannot have contralateral limb amputation (amputation on your opposite leg or foot)
  • If you are eligible, the study consists of:
    • 2.5 hour evaluation session 
    • 30 minute Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) session
    • Participant must wear Activity Monitor for seven consecutive days
    •  You may be eligible for up to $50 for your participation

2. Sensory Study - Lower Limb Amputation

The goal of this study is to assess sensory changes in your limb(s) that may occur as a result of your amputation.

  • Eligibility
    • Adults ages 18 or older
    • Below-the-knee or above-the-knee amputation
    • At least one year post amputation
    • Currently using a prosthesis for 8 or more hours a day
    • Cannot have contralateral limb amputation (amputation on your opposite leg or foot)
    • Cannot have any open areas on your amputated limb (wounds)
  • If you are eligible, the study consists of:
    • 60 minute session at your local IPO office
    • You may be eligible for up to $50 for your participation

 

If you would like to speak with a representative about your eligibility, please call Rachel Beeson, RN, Prosthetic Liaison at (302) 894-9476

Widener University Amputee Research

1. Temperature Controlled Prosthetic Liner Study - Lower Limb Amputation

The goal of this study is to investigate whether using liners from temperature control materials changes the activity level of amputees. 

  • Eligibility
    • Adults ages 18 or older
    • Below-the-knee or above-the-knee amputation
    • At least one year post amputation
    • Must wear a prosthetic liner with prosthetic device
    • Currently able to walk in prosthesis for at least five minutes
    • Must be available to consecutive follow up visits over a 12-month period
    • No known acute skin issues/material allergies that could affect your ability to wear your prosthesis
  • If you are eligible, the study consists of:
    • 60 minute evaluation session
    • 1.5 hour fitting session and new liner
    • Consecutive 2-week follow-up appointment over a 12 month period
    • You may be eligible for up to $270 for participation over a 12 month period

 

If you would like to speak with a representative about your eligibility, please call Rachel Beeson, RN, Prosthetic Liaison at (302) 894-9476

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