The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Rehabilitation After Amputation

Rehabilitation after Amputation in Different Conflict Areas

Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities requires long-term interventions, specific resources and skilled personnel. In protracted conflicts and crises, rehabilitation quickly gets challenging; collapse of infrastructure, lack of resources and personnel in healthcare and political uncertainty hamper and obstruct work in rehabilitation in conflict areas. Clinical presentations requiring rehabilitation are present and will be worsened in protracted conflicts, which causes physical and psychological trauma to the patient. There is a need of studies, guidelines and rehabilitation programs in protracted conflicts, and our study is investigating rehabilitation after amputation in different conflict areas.

Project partners: Cliona O’Sullivan (University College of Dublin), Cornelia Barth (Interntional Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva)


Cornelia Barth
Meeting the needs of people with physical disabilities in crisis settings.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2019;97


Cornelia A Barth, Andreas Wladis, Catherine Blake, Prashant Bhandarkard, Cliona O’Sullivan
Users of rehabilitation services in 14 countries and territories affected by conflict, 1988–2018
Bull World Health Organ 2020;98:599–614. Published September 1, 2020.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.19.249060

Contact: Andreas Wladis

Gender Aspects on Rehabilitation After Amputation Due to Weapon Related Injuries

Preliminary data from the ICRC (International Committee of The Red Cross) suggest that it is more difficult to rehabilitate women after lower limb amputation following weapon wounds and that outcome after rehabilitation is worse. A mixed-method approach will be used to analyze gender differences in regards to rehabilitation after amputation. This is a joint PhD-project between KMC, the University of Dublin and the ICRC.

Contact: Andreas Wladis