2014 – CARA Award: Defining Canadian Statistics on Limb Loss Incidence and Prevalence

Dr. William C. Miller and Bita Imam from GF Strong Rehabilitation Center won the 2014 CARA award for their proposal “Incidence of Lower Limb Amputation and Status of Inpatient Amputee Rehabilitation in Canada”.

This CARA award was based on a special call for applications requesting researchers to find current and accurate statistics for limb loss in Canada. The Amputee Coalition of Canada (ACC) is frequently contacted with requests for data on the estimated number of amputees in Canada. Estimates are most commonly made based on statistics gathered in other countries, and may not reflect our true incidence in Canada. Possessing current and accurate data on limb loss helps communicate limb loss issues to policy makers and the general public, raising awareness of the limb loss community. It also provides a rationale to direct further research to improve quality of life for persons with amputation. This project will allow us to obtain current and accurate statistics on lower limb loss in Canada.

The preliminary results have been presented nationally at the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) in May 2015, and the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) in Lyon, France in June 2015.

The 2013 Canadian Amputee Research Award (CARA) was awarded to:

Dr. Michael W. C. Payne, Assistant Professor, and A Barry Death, MD FRCPC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Western University, London, Ontario.

For the project proposal: “The e-ACQ tablet-based Amputee Clinic Questionnaire: Is it feasible and valid? – A comparison of electronic and paper versions”

This project plans to use innovative technology in a novel way for amputee rehabilitation medicine, with the aim of advancing the quality of life for individual people with major lower extremity amputations by improving point-of-care assessment. The project will implement and study the use of an electronic amputee clinic questionnaire to help understand the needs of patients with amputations in Canada, and to allow health care providers to respond to those needs. The measurement of life satisfaction and outcomes following amputation is the first step in being able to study the impact of different treatments and models of care, thereby providing a mechanism to compare care and outcomes for amputees across Canada.

The CARA award is supported by a grant from the Amputee Coalition of Canada and the University of Alberta-Franklin Fund.

Congratulations to Dr. Payne and his team.

2012: The first Canadian Amputee Research Award (CARA)

The Amputee Coalition of Canada was proud to announce the first recipient of the Canadian Amputee Research Award (CARA). After scientific review, the winning submission for the inaugural ten thousand dollar ($10,000) CARA award research was given to:

Dr. William Miller (Principal Investigator), Dr. Heather Finlayson, Linda McLaren, and Bita Imam of the University of British Columbia and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver British Columbia for their study entitled: “WiiHAB-AMPS: A Pilot randomized controlled trial to investigate the use of the Nintendo Wii for rehabilitation in older adults with a unilateral transtibial amputation”.

The CARA was established through a partnership with the Franklin Fund through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Amputee Coalition of Canada to help facilitate new and innovative research designed to improve the lives of amputees in Canada. We wish the investigators success on their project and look forward to seeing the impact of their study on the use of technologies such as the Wii to benefit a large segment of our population in Canada who have lower limb amputation.