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dc.date.accessioned2018-07-27T16:24:28Z
dc.date.available2018-07-27T16:24:28Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifierET2489
dc.identifier.citation(2016) Evaluation of the relationship of the severity of lymphoedema with the number of co-existing medical conditions and frequency of cellulitis in cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema: a service evaluation., no. 32.
dc.identifier.urihttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/8607
dc.description.abstractQuestion: What is the relationship between the severity of lymphoedema with the number of medical conditions present and the frequency of cellulitis in patients with cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema? Design: This research was undertaken as a service evaluation for the Lothian lymphoedema service. Participants: 258 patients with a recorded level of severity were included from the Lothian lymphoedema service. 26 patients without a recorded frequency of cellulitis were then excluded from the severity of lymphoedema and frequency of cellulitis analysis only. Patients with a recorded active cancer or history of cancer were included in the cancer group while those without were grouped into the non-cancer group. Results: A weak link between an increased severity of lymphoedema with an increased number of medical conditions was observed in both the cancer (p=0.003; τ=0.330) and non-cancer (p=0.03; τ=0.129) groups. No relationship between the severity of lymphoedema and frequency of cellulitis was found in the cancer (p=0.202; τ =0.221) and non-cancer (p=0.108; τ=0.064) groups. A number of factors influenced the validity of these results. Conclusion: Patients with a higher number of co-existing medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing a more severe lymphoedema in both patient with cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema. The severity of lymphoedema has not been shown to influence the frequency of cellulitis therefore all patient with lymphoedema should be adequately educated about cellulitis.
dc.format.extent32
dc.publisherQueen Margaret University
dc.titleEvaluation of the relationship of the severity of lymphoedema with the number of co-existing medical conditions and frequency of cellulitis in cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema: a service evaluation.
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