A significant number of individuals around the world live with limb absence and use prosthetic technologies to assist and enable them in various ways about their lives. The aim of this study was to enhance our understanding of prosthesis use through exploring a core concern of prosthesis users and to develop a theory of how this concern is managed. By employing classical Grounded Theory methodology (Glaser, 1978, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011a, 2013, 2014; Glaser & Strauss, 1967), data from 24 participants that used upper- and/or lower-limb prostheses were collected and analysed. These individuals were interviewed using a flexible, unstructured interviewing style. In addition to interviews, data from internet forums, blogs and autobiographical texts were also included, all of which were analysed in accordance with the established procedures of Grounded Theory methodology, which included open and selective coding, theoretical memoing, and theoretical sampling.
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