Location

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1310

Start Date

8-4-2017 2:10 PM

End Date

8-4-2017 2:30 PM

Description

An estimated 177,622 Iranians have suffered an injury resulting in amputation. Prosthetic devices in Iran are scarce due to wealth disparity, wars, and lack of vital resources. Without prosthetic devices, amputees face unemployment, homelessness, a lowered self-esteem and cannot fully participate in society. I examined economic factors influencing the distribution of prosthetic devices and reviewed articles that focus on healthcare costs, distributions and services, relationships between Iran and other countries, etiology of amputation to find a solution for the prosthetic distribution issues. I concluded issues resulted from high costs, unequal distributions of wealth and resources, unsafe conditions, and a deficit of trained physicians. Sponsoring an organization to supply Iran with three-dimensional printers would create low-cost, high-functioning prosthetics and better distribution throughout the country. This would permit a wider spectrum of amputees to have access to prosthetic devices, as well as create new jobs to aid economic growth within the country.

Comments

Research Mentor: Professor Mary Boyes

Research paper prepared for HONR 200: Rhetoric.

Presentation Type

Presentation

FinalPaper_Tensen_Rhetoric.pdf (94 kB)
Full research paper to accompany Tensen presentation

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Apr 8th, 2:10 PM Apr 8th, 2:30 PM

Factors Influencing Distribution of Prosthetic Devices in Iran: An Economic Analysis

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1310

An estimated 177,622 Iranians have suffered an injury resulting in amputation. Prosthetic devices in Iran are scarce due to wealth disparity, wars, and lack of vital resources. Without prosthetic devices, amputees face unemployment, homelessness, a lowered self-esteem and cannot fully participate in society. I examined economic factors influencing the distribution of prosthetic devices and reviewed articles that focus on healthcare costs, distributions and services, relationships between Iran and other countries, etiology of amputation to find a solution for the prosthetic distribution issues. I concluded issues resulted from high costs, unequal distributions of wealth and resources, unsafe conditions, and a deficit of trained physicians. Sponsoring an organization to supply Iran with three-dimensional printers would create low-cost, high-functioning prosthetics and better distribution throughout the country. This would permit a wider spectrum of amputees to have access to prosthetic devices, as well as create new jobs to aid economic growth within the country.