The Amputee Coalition 2022 National Conference provided a wealth of information and resources for the limb loss and limb difference community. Information shared during the event will have lasting impact and emphasize areas of need and focus in the years ahead.
Let’s start with revealing the key takeaways from the Largest Survey of People with Limb Loss and Limb Difference session where Joe Lynch, Senior research Scientist Avalere Health presented survey findings.
The results are in…
Conducted from 2021-2022, the survey reveals three key findings and opportunities to address the unmet needs of people with limb loss and limb difference: a need for assistive technologies, better understanding of accommodations and benefits for individuals with disabilities, and improved integrated physical and mental healthcare. Survey respondents reported challenges accessing various health and support services including:
- 55% Techniques for better sleep,
- 49% Comprehensive care services,
- 48% Peer support Groups,
- 40% Rehab Services,
- 38% Non-opioid pain treatment.
Beyond the challenges in accessing various health support services, respondents of color, younger, and respondents of lower income more often reported barriers and access challenges.
The next steps list….
- Improve awareness of the need for increased access – Person Centered Needs (Access) physical and mental health access and availability, prioritize resource responsibilities that improve access.
- Prioritize social supports, community resources, and prevention strategies – as directed by survey participants.
- Increase awareness of available services and how to access them across the board.