ResourcesVA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines

Amputation – Clinician Summary (2017)

The updated CPG includes objective, evidence-based information on the rehabilitation of LLA. It is intended to provide guidance to assist healthcare providers in perioperative, pre-prosthetic training, and prosthetic training phases of patient care. The system-wide goal of evidence-based guidelines is to improve the patient’s health and well-being by guiding health providers who are assisting patients in rehabilitation after LLA along the management pathways that are supported by evidence. The expected outcome of successful implementation of this guideline is to:

• Assess the patient’s condition and, in collaboration with the patient, determine the most appropriate rehabilitation plan

• Optimize each individual’s functional independence, health outcomes, and quality of life

• Minimize preventable complications and morbidity

• Emphasize the use of patient-centered care