A phenomenological study of the lived experiences of people with lymphoedema.

Williams, Anne, Moffatt, Christine and Franks, Peter (2004) A phenomenological study of the lived experiences of people with lymphoedema. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 10 (6). pp. 279-286. ISSN 1357-6321


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Lymphoedema occurs in all age groups and is caused by lymphatic insufficiency. It is associated with a wide range of cancer- and non-cancer-related conditions. Researchers have explored the impact of lymphoedema on quality of life but most studies have focused on breast cancer-related lymphoedema or used specific quality of life tools. The study reported here used a phenomenological approach to explore the lived experience of 15 individuals with different types of lymphoedema. Findings highlight the uncertainty surrounding their diagnosis, the difficulties they experienced in accessing appropriate treatment and ways in which they dealt with having lymphoedema. Recommendations are made highlighting the need for increased awareness of lymphoedema and the importance of wider consideration of the emotional and psychosocial dimensions of this chronic condition.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1357-6321
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lymphodema; Cancer; Lymphatic insufficiency;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 616 Diseases
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Item ID: 1595
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2008 15:52
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 12:27

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