The guidance, from the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation, follows the group's previous guidelines on lower limb prostheses. The new guidance covers the period before the start of prosthetic rehabilitation and looks at best practice in patient management.
It is hoped that both sets of guidance will assist in clinical decision making, adapting knowledge into practice and providing recommendations to ensure competence. Agreement about the effectiveness of interventions is based on research, expert opinion, and patient and professional experience. The guidelines have also been endorsed by the CSP, following peer review.
Clinical Guidelines for the Pre- and Postoperative Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limb Amputation is available from the CSP enquiry handling unit, 020 7306 6666, email firstname.lastname@example.org, at £5 for members, £10 for non-members