Needs of family caregivers of the person with lower limb amputation: scoping review protocol


  • Diana Rodrigues Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal | FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Lisboa, Portugal | CINTESIS – Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias e Serviços de Saúde, Porto, Portugal
  • Sofia Castanheira Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • Luís Carvalho Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto, Porto, Portugal | CINTESIS – Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias e Serviços de Saúde, Porto, Portugal
  • Cristina Barroso Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto, Porto, Portugal | CINTESIS – Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias e Serviços de Saúde, Porto, Portugal



amputation; caregivers; family; needs assessment; nursing


Introduction: Lower limb amputation has a great physical impact, with functional limitations and increased dependence on daily living activities that generate changes in the quality of life of the amputee and family. Support and care to the amputee are provided by the family caregiver, who experiences multiple feelings and needs in the transition to their new role. Identification of these needs is fundamental the creation of appropriate nursing interventions.

Objective: To map the needs of family caregivers of the person with lower limb amputation.

Methodology: Scoping review according to the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology. The following databases will be used: MEDLINE Complete (EBSCO), CINAHL Complete (EBSCO), Mediclatina (EBSCO), Science Direct (EBSCO), Scielo (EBSCO), Academic Search Complete (EBSCO), OpenAire (EBSCO), Scopus, Web of Science and Trip. For grey literature, RCAAP (via EBSCO) and Google Schoolar will be used. The review will consider studies that include the needs of family caregivers of the person with lower limb amputation in returning home. Studies in Portuguese, English and Spanish will be included. Analysis of the relevance of the studies, extraction and synthesis of the data will be carried out by two independent researchers, a third researcher will be included in case of disagreement.

Results: The collected data will be used to identify the needs of family caregivers in providing care to persons with lower limb amputation.

Conclusion: With this review, we expect to synthesize knowledge about the needs of the caregiver of a person with lower-limb amputation or to identify existing gaps in this area.


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How to Cite

Rodrigues, D. ., Castanheira, S., Carvalho, L. ., & Barroso, C. . (2023). Needs of family caregivers of the person with lower limb amputation: scoping review protocol. Millenium - Journal of Education, Technologies, and Health, 2(21), e28570.



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