Astounding response for leg amputee study

A University of Dundee PhD student has been inundated with people volunteering to take part in her study.

Giulia Zedda from the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research at Ninewells Hospital put a call out to leg amputees who use a prosthetic unaided. Her study aims to find out if the patients are using the correct prosthesis.

She has now had to close the study to new patients as she has received an overwhelming number of people coming forward to take part.

She said, “The response has been amazing. Within two hours of the press release going out I had enough patients to complete the study. I’m still continuing to get requests, but now unfortunately I’ve reached my quota.

“I’m really grateful to all those who have got in contact. Without the help of patients we wouldn’t be able to carry out this sort of research. The public, particularly in Tayside in Fife, always show us tremendous support. The people who will be part of the study have already told me they’re excited to get started.”

Guilia will be using special software to check if the patient’s prosthesis is fitted correctly, the study will focus on the distribution of force during everyday activity. This could lead to adjustments to the prosthetic that aims to improve the overall comfort of the patient.

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