Quality of life following a lower limb reconstructive procedure: A protocol for the development of a conceptual framework

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Lower limb conditions requiring reconstructive surgery can be either congenital or acquired from trauma, infection or other medical conditions. Patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) are often used by healthcare professionals to assess the impact of a patient’s condition (and treatment) on quality of life. However, we are not aware of any measures developed specifically for people requiring lower limb reconstructive surgery. Consequently, it is not clear the extent to which current PROMs accurately and specifically measure the outcomes that are important to these patients.

Methods and analysis
The ‘PROLLIT’ (Patient Reported Outcome Measure for Lower Limb Reconstruction) involves three phases: to explore what is important to patients with regards to quality of life (phase 1), ascertain whether current measures adequately capture these experiences (phase 2) and if not begin the development of a new patient reported outcome measure (phase 3). The population of interest is people requiring, undergoing or after undergoing reconstructive surgery for a lower limb condition. In this paper we describe Phase 1, which aims to develop a conceptual framework to identify and map what is important to this group with regards to social interactions, employment, perceived health and quality of life after condition onset/injury and throughout recovery. The conceptual framework will be developed through three steps: (Step A) a qualitative evidence synthesis, (Step B) a qualitative study with patients and staff to explore patient’s views and experiences of lower limb reconstructive surgery and (Step C) a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders where findings from Step A and Step B will be brought together and used to finalise the conceptual framework.

Ethics consideration and dissemination
Ethical approval has been granted for the qualitative data collection (Step B) from South Central Berkshire Research Ethics committee (REF:20/SC/0114). Findings from Steps A and B will be submitted for peer-reviewed publication in academic journals, and presented at academic conferences.

PROSPERO registration number: CRD42019139587

ISRCTN Registration number: ISRCTN75201623

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Open
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2020

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