Prosthesis Prescription Protocol of the Arm (PPP-Arm): The implementation of a national prosthesis prescription protocol

Wijdenes, P., Brouwers, M. & van der Sluis, C. K., Feb-2018, In : Prosthetics and Orthotics International. 42, 1, p. 56-59 4 p.

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Background and aim: In order to create more uniformity in the prescription of upper limb prostheses by Dutch rehabilitation teams, the development and implementation of a Prosthesis Prescription Protocol of the upper limb (PPP-Arm) was initiated. The aim was to create a national digital protocol to structure, underpin, and evaluate the prescription of upper limb prostheses for clients with acquired or congenital arm defects.

Technique: Prosthesis Prescription Protocol of the Arm (PPP-Arm) was developed on the basis of the International Classification of Functioning and consisted of several layers. All stakeholders (rehabilitation teams, orthopedic workshops, patients, and insurance companies) were involved in development and implementation. A national project coordinator and knowledge brokers in each team were essential for the project.

Discussion: PPP-Arm was successfully developed and implemented in nine Dutch rehabilitation teams. The protocol improved team collaboration, structure, and completeness of prosthesis prescriptions and treatment uniformity and might be interesting for other countries as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2018
EventTrent International Prosthetics Symposium (TPS) - Glasgow
Duration: 28-Sep-201630-Sep-2016


Trent International Prosthetics Symposium (TPS)



Event: Conference


  • Upper limb prosthetics, prosthetics, rehabilitation of amputees, rehabilitation, rehabilitation of prostheses users, implementation of protocol, prosthesis prescription protocol

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