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J Health Psychol. 2016 Nov;21(11):2753-2761. doi: 10.1177/1359105315586212. Epub 2016 Jul 10.

Why people in Benin are reluctant to undergo amputations? A systematic inventory of motives.

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1
1 University Toulouse - Jean-Jaurès, France.
2
2 University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
3
3 Albany Medical College, USA.
4
4 Institute of Advanced Studies (EPHE), France.

Abstract

We made an inventory of the reasons for inhabitants of Benin are reluctant to undergo the amputation of a limb. A robust six-factor structure of motives was found: Change in Appearance, Lack of Information, Fear of Hospitals and Medical Staff, Loss of Others' Consideration and Affection, Denial of Necessity, and Spiritual and Religious Concerns. The first three motives were the most strongly endorsed. To improve people's timely acceptance, it is important to attack the main emotional-motivational barriers by using artificial limbs imitating real ones, by providing complete information on post-operative care and rehabilitation, and by strengthening family support.

KEYWORDS:

Benin; amputation; motives; reluctance

PMID:
26009569
DOI:
10.1177/1359105315586212

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