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Prosthet Orthot Int. 2010 Dec;34(4):362-77. doi: 10.3109/03093646.2010.520054. Epub 2010 Oct 24.

Safety, energy efficiency, and cost efficacy of the C-Leg for transfemoral amputees: A review of the literature.

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School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA.

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  • Prosthet Orthot Int. 2011 Mar;35(1):113.


The purpose of this paper was to review the literature through a structured literature review and provide a grade of recommendation for patient safety, gait energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the C-Leg microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee for transfemoral amputees. Medline (Ovid) and CINAHL (EBSCO) data bases were searched to identify potentially pertinent studies within the 1995-2009 time range. Studies were screened and sorted. Pertinent studies were rated for methodologic quality and for risk of bias. Following assessment of methodologic quality and bias risk, the level of evidence and a grade of recommendation was determined for each of three categories: Safety, energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness. A total of 18 articles were determined to be pertinent: seven for safety, eight for energy efficiency, and three for cost effectiveness. Methodologic quality was low with a moderate risk of bias in the safety and energy effectiveness categories. Studies in cost effectiveness received high scores for methodologic quality. Though methodologic quality varied across the selected topics, there was sufficient evidence to suggest increased efficacy of the C-Leg in the areas of safety, energy efficiency and cost when compared with other prosthetic knees for transfemoral amputees.

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