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postgraduate thesis: A clinical guideline for management of lymphoedema using nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage therapy

TitleA clinical guideline for management of lymphoedema using nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage therapy
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Tang, K. [鄧潔心]. (2013). A clinical guideline for management of lymphoedema using nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage therapy. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5088464
AbstractBreast cancer is the number one cancer in female in Hong Kong. Breast cancer-related lymphoedema causes both physical and psychological sufferings in breast cancer survivors and significantly degrades their quality of life. Medical costs for these women are substantially higher than women without lymphoedema. Effective and standardized intervention for these patients will be beneficial to both patients and healthcare institutes. The dissertation aims to evaluate the current evidence on the effectiveness of manual lymphatic drainage in managing breast cancer-related lymphoedema, to develop an evidence-based guideline for nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage in managing breast cancer-related lymphoedema as well as to assess its implementation potential and to design implementation strategies and an evaluation plan for its adoption in a local public hospital in Hong Kong. A systematic search of the literature revealed seven studies on manual lymphatic drainage for breast cancer related lymphoedema that met the selection criteria of the dissertation. Methodological quality of the selected studies was evaluated according to the method developed by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and data were extracted and synthesized. Five of the trials were of moderate to good methodological quality and they demonstrated that manual lymphatic drainage was safe and had additional benefits over exercise and compression alone especially in patients with early lymphoedema. A protocol on manual lymphatic drainage for breast cancer related lymphoedema was subsequently developed. The implementation potential of the protocol in the local setting was established by examining its feasibility, evaluation potential and cost-benefit. Adoption of the program was found to be able to produce a potential annual saving of HK$ 444,200 for the hospital on top of benefits to patients and staff. A three-phase implementation plan was designed in which an implementation team would initiate and guide the proposed change through a careful communication plan and a pilot study would be conducted to confirm feasibility of the protocol. An evaluation plan including patient, healthcare provider and system outcomes would then help ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the manual lymphatic drainage protocol and guide its future refinement.
DegreeMaster of Nursing
SubjectLymphedema - Treatment
Dept/ProgramNursing Studies
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193080

 

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dc.contributor.authorTang, Kit-sum-
dc.contributor.author鄧潔心-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-14T10:12:22Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-14T10:12:22Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationTang, K. [鄧潔心]. (2013). A clinical guideline for management of lymphoedema using nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage therapy. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5088464-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193080-
dc.description.abstractBreast cancer is the number one cancer in female in Hong Kong. Breast cancer-related lymphoedema causes both physical and psychological sufferings in breast cancer survivors and significantly degrades their quality of life. Medical costs for these women are substantially higher than women without lymphoedema. Effective and standardized intervention for these patients will be beneficial to both patients and healthcare institutes. The dissertation aims to evaluate the current evidence on the effectiveness of manual lymphatic drainage in managing breast cancer-related lymphoedema, to develop an evidence-based guideline for nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage in managing breast cancer-related lymphoedema as well as to assess its implementation potential and to design implementation strategies and an evaluation plan for its adoption in a local public hospital in Hong Kong. A systematic search of the literature revealed seven studies on manual lymphatic drainage for breast cancer related lymphoedema that met the selection criteria of the dissertation. Methodological quality of the selected studies was evaluated according to the method developed by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and data were extracted and synthesized. Five of the trials were of moderate to good methodological quality and they demonstrated that manual lymphatic drainage was safe and had additional benefits over exercise and compression alone especially in patients with early lymphoedema. A protocol on manual lymphatic drainage for breast cancer related lymphoedema was subsequently developed. The implementation potential of the protocol in the local setting was established by examining its feasibility, evaluation potential and cost-benefit. Adoption of the program was found to be able to produce a potential annual saving of HK$ 444,200 for the hospital on top of benefits to patients and staff. A three-phase implementation plan was designed in which an implementation team would initiate and guide the proposed change through a careful communication plan and a pilot study would be conducted to confirm feasibility of the protocol. An evaluation plan including patient, healthcare provider and system outcomes would then help ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the manual lymphatic drainage protocol and guide its future refinement.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshLymphedema - Treatment-
dc.titleA clinical guideline for management of lymphoedema using nurse-led manual lymphatic drainage therapy-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5088464-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Nursing-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineNursing Studies-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5088464-
dc.date.hkucongregation2013-

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