Long-term use of custom-made orthopedic shoes: A 1.5-year follow-up study

van Netten, Jaap J., Jannink, Michiel J.A., Hijmans, Juha M., Geertzen, Jan H.B., & Postema, Klaas (2010) Long-term use of custom-made orthopedic shoes: A 1.5-year follow-up study. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 47(7), pp. 643-649.

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This study investigated long-term use of custom-made orthopedic shoes (OS) at 1.5 years follow-up. In addition, the association between short-term outcomes and long-term use was studied. Patients from a previously published study who did use their first-ever pair of OS 3 months after delivery received another questionnaire after 1.5 years. Patients with different pathologies were included in the study (n = 269, response = 86%). Mean age was 63 ± 14 years, and 38% were male. After 1.5 years, 87% of the patients still used their OS (78% frequently [4-7 days/week] and 90% occasionally [1-3 days/week]) and 13% of the patients had ceased using their OS. Patients who were using their OS frequently after 1.5 years had significantly higher scores for 8 of 10 short-term usability outcomes (p-values ranged from <0.001 to 0.046). The largest differences between users and nonusers were found for scores on the short-term outcomes of OS fit and communication with the medical specialist and shoe technician (effect size range = 0.16 to 0.46). We conclude that patients with worse short-term usability outcomes for their OS are more likely to use their OS only occasionally or not at all at long-term follow-up.

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ID Code: 93252
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Foot disorders, Long-term use, Medical devices, Orthopedic shoes, Orthotics, Patient satisfaction, Rehabilitation, Shoes, Usability, Usability outcomes
DOI: 10.1682/JRRD.2010.03.0040
ISSN: 0748-7711
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2016 03:09
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 04:38

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