November 2021


A team from Australia’s La Trobe University’s School of Allied Health, Human Services, and Sport, Discipline of Prosthetics and Orthotics, recently launched an Amputation Decision Aid website, which includes a collection of freely available resources to help people make more informed decisions about partial foot amputation due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and provide tools to healthcare professionals who help guide these decisions. These resources include:

Amputation Decision Aid—specifically written for people facing the prospect of partial foot amputation due to PAD. It includes unbiased information about the different amputation surgeries, the likely outcomes, and risks of complications. Information is presented in simple terms to facilitate understanding.

Amputation Discussion Guide—a companion resource for healthcare professionals that includes up-to-date research evidence and example conversation starters to facilitate meaningful conversations tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Training videos—a series of 5 short, animated videos to help healthcare providers learn more about shared decision-making and how to use the resources on the website.

To access the website, visit

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