The Journal of Medical Investigation
Online ISSN : 1349-6867
Print ISSN : 1343-1420
ISSN-L : 1343-1420
Perceptions of Self of Persons with Visible Artificial Devices : A Review of the Literature
Yukiko ManabeSachiko IriguchiMarina TeradaMegumi FujiwaraHirokazu ItoRozzano Locsin
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2019 Volume 66 Issue 1.2 Pages 58-64


Not much is known about the self-perceptions of persons using prosthetic devices. The purpose of the literature review was to explore the self-perceptions of persons living with visible artificial devices from published articles between 2010 and 2017. Using key words to search for published literature in the PubMed,CINAHL, IEEE Proceedings, and Scopus indices showed 680 articles. Braun and Clarke's six phases of qualitative thematic analysis were used on 25 articles meeting the inclusion criteria, revealing 29 data extracts (themes) as data summaries. Three key thematic categories were revealed : Body image and ownership, integration of prosthetic device into the self-body, and suspended enjoyment or delight, reflecting the longings for completeness affecting persons' use of prosthetic devices. Consistent with self-perceptions understood through social biases and customs, completeness is achieved through the happy paradox of a person made whole through artificial devices. This experience informs nursing practice in helping people find meaning in their life. Further research into selfperceptions with prosthetic devices is essential, particularly those reflecting the cultural influences of artificial devices on quality of life. J.Med.Invest. 66:58-64, February, 2019

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