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Trauma Recovery
To promote recovery even more effectively, LSN studied the experiences of landmine-related trauma survivors in Bosnia, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Mozambique and the U.S.

Our experts first interviewed amputees, family members, healthcare professionals and other service providers. These interviews provided the foundation for the analysis of the physical, social, psychological and economic factors affecting survivorship.

A Theory Emerges

The study’s findings shaped our “Recovery Evolves” theory, which holds that people injured by landmines progress through three distinct stages (victim, survivor and citizen), defined by different obstacles. Today, this framework helps LSN staff across the world provide the right support at the right time.

Moreover, the study enabled LSN to form numerous strategies for integrated, multi-disciplinary recovery, including:
• Educating people injured by landmines and their families about recovery
• Coordinating a multi-disciplinary approach with surgeons,  prosthetists, physical therapists and other professionals
• Ensuring that economic needs are met
• Promoting physical health and providing mobility equipment
• Enhancing resilience through psychosocial interventions
• Creating opportunities to be productive members of society
• Improving societal attitudes toward people with disabilities.

Sharing Our Knowledge

LSN has disseminated the results of our study to amputees, rehabilitation counselors, prosthetists, physicians, and other healthcare workers via journal publications and special presentations at workshops and conferences.

Click here for our trauma study, Resilience in Survivors of Traumatic Limb Loss (PDF 28 Kb).

Click here for information on our Survivor Conference.

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