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Determining Disability After Finger and Thumb Revision Amputations

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      Impairment and disability ratings after finger amputations are based on anatomic injury patterns as outlined in the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides). These ratings determine disability status and compensation, without considering validated methods for measuring outcomes. We hypothesize that patient-reported outcome questionnaires (PROs) will reflect functional and health-related quality-of-life (QoL) outcomes after traumatic finger amputations, and that AMA Guides scoring does not accurately rate post-amputation disability.
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