oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Prosthetic/Orthotic service

Volume 26, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The provision of artificial limbs and appliances to a population is a complex and costly business, bedevilled by an explosion of knowledge of the two subjects in the last two decades, by the separation of the specialities for historical reasons, and by the fact that health systems have become so expensive .that the State has to exercise some degree of control. The aim in Northern Ireland has been to provide a combined service, with resultant economy of effort, and to provide for both a routine service for limbs and appliances, and also a service for those patients that have special problems. In spite of what might be thought, Northern Ireland does have a sophisticated society, and the methods by which a combined prosthetic and orthotic service has been produced are applicable to all forms of society where the State provides a Health Service.

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