Patient perspectives of the impact and long-term management of lymphoedema

Finnane, Anna R. (2014) Patient perspectives of the impact and long-term management of lymphoedema. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Lymphoedema following cancer treatment is characterized by swelling, and adversely influences mobility, function and quality of life. There is no cure, but without treatment lymphedema may progress. Since lymphedema treatment options are costly and time consuming, understanding the influence of these, and other potential barriers, on treatment adherence is vital in reducing the public health burden of lymphedema.

Complex physical therapy and compression are supported by scientific evidence and patients also perceive these treatments as effective for improving symptoms and function. Multiple treatments may be required to treat all aspects of the condition. Patients and health professionals should consider effect and costs when identifying optimal treatment strategies.

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ID Code: 72156
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Hayes, Sandi & Janda, Monika
Keywords: lymphoedema, treatment, therapy, quality of life, acceptability, effectiveness, cancer, adherence, patient satisfaction, self-care
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2014 05:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 05:38

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