Survey Results: Perceptions of Amputation

16th November 2020 Clinical Negligence

As experts in claiming compensation for individuals who have undergone an amputation due to medical negligence, we believe that educating the general public can help everyone to approach those with an amputation with compassion.

Medical negligence can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, with the worst cases resulting in limb amputation. Adjusting to life following the loss of a limb can be extremely difficult. Simple tasks that many take for granted can become challenging with every aspect of an individual’s life affected, including work, home life and using transport. Many amputees require specialist help to recover and regain control over their life. 

We asked members of the public to share their opinions on various topics related to amputations, including how they would perceive somebody with an amputation and what they thought life was like with an amputation. 

For participants who had undergone amputation, we asked them to provide insight into life with an amputation. Click here to see the results from amputees.

The Full Survey Results

Has someone in your personal network (family, friends or colleagues) undergone an amputation?

Answer ChoicesResponses
Yes17.00%
No83.00%

Have you ever seen anyone with an amputated limb that was visible while out in public?

Answer Choices Responses
Yes 84.37%
No 15.63%

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Have you ever seen anyone wearing a prosthetic limb that was visible while out in public?

Answer ChoicesResponses
Yes75.73%
No24.27%

To what extent would you feel uncomfortable if you saw someone with an amputated limb that was visible while out in public? 

Answer ChoicesResponses
I would feel extremely uncomfortable1.29%
I would feel uncomfortable5.53%
I would feel neither comfortable or uncomfortable28.01%
I would feel comfortable29.98%
I would feel extremely comfortable35.20%

To what extent would you feel uncomfortable if you saw someone wearing a prosthetic limb while out in public?

Answer ChoicesResponses
I would feel extremely uncomfortable0.45%
I would feel uncomfortable3.18%
I would feel neither comfortable or uncomfortable25.44%
I would feel comfortable29.60%
I would feel extremely comfortable41.33%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I would view an amputee as a disabled person."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree4.92%
Agree46.62%
Neither agree or disagree33.54%
Disagree12.15%
Strongly disagree2.77%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I would assume that an amputee should require physical assistance if I saw them out in public." 

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree0.85%
Agree5.38%
Neither agree or disagree30.62%
Disagree47.62%
Strongly disagree15.54%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I would treat someone differently if I found out they were an amputee." 

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree0.31%
Agree5.38%
Neither agree or disagree22.62%
Disagree38.77%
Strongly disagree32.92%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I would assume someone with an amputation has experienced trauma."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree5.69%
Agree34.92%
Neither agree or disagree32.85%
Disagree20.23%
Strongly disagree6.31%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I believe amputees are brave."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree12.62%
Agree38.15%
Neither agree or disagree43.38%
Disagree4.46%
Strongly disagree1.38%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "Having an amputation means not being able to take part in physical activity and sports."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree0.46%
Agree3.23%
Neither agree or disagree11.15%
Disagree39.15%
Strongly disagree46.00%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I would be comfortable dating someone who had undergone an amputation."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree19.31%
Agree41.62%
Neither agree or disagree28.85%
Disagree7.54%
Strongly disagree2.69%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "Having an amputation would make it more difficult to have a romantic relationship."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree1.00%
Agree11.46%
Neither agree or disagree29.23%
Disagree35.46%
Strongly disagree22.85%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "Having an amputation would place limits on what I can achieve" 

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree0.92%
Agree18.92%
Neither agree or disagree26.31%
Disagree34.77%
Strongly disagree19.08%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "Having an amputation would mean I would no longer be able to work." 

Answer ChoicesResponses 
Strongly agree0.46% 
Agree1.92% 
Neither agree or disagree13.62% 
Disagree42.69% 
Strongly disagree41.31%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "If I had a child who had undergone an amputation, I would expect it to impact their entire life."

Answer ChoicesResponses 
Strongly agree3.46% 
Agree33.31% 
Neither agree or disagree29.77% 
Disagree23.54% 
Strongly disagree9.92%

 

The words most associated with amputations

Have you undergone an amputation?

Answer ChoicesResponses
Yes1.25%
No98.75%

What part of your body was amputated? 

Answer ChoicesResponses
Finger11.76%
Toe35.29%
Leg17.65%
Arm5.88%
Other (please specify)29.41%

Why did you require an amputation?

Answer ChoicesResponses
You had a severe infection17.65%
Your body part was affected by gangrene5.88%
You suffered serious trauma - such as a crush or blast wound35.29%
You suffered a deformity5.88%
Other (please specify)35.29%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I believe I am judged negatively by members of the public because of my amputation"? 

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree11.76%
Agree17.65%
Neither agree or disagree47.06%
Disagree11.76%
Strongly disagree11.76%

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I consider myself a disabled person."

Answer ChoicesResponses
Strongly agree17.65%
Agree41.18%
Neither agree or disagree23.53%
Disagree11.76%
Strongly disagree5.88%

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