Journal of Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing Volume 24, Issue 3 (December 2010)

The Skills of Therapist involved in Cancer Patients Undergoing Lymphedema Care Yuka Noto 1 , Maiko Kitajima 1 1Graduate School of Health Science, Hirosaki University Keyword: リンパ浮腫 , 医療リンパドレナージセラピスト , リンパ浮腫ケア技術 , lymphedema , medical lymphdrainage therapist , skills of lymphedema care pp.23-32
Published Date 2010/12/25
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 The purpose of this study is to elucidate the particular skills employed by expert therapists in the care of cancer patients with lymphedema. Eleven therapists authorized by the Association of Lymph Drainage Therapists and who had provided Complex Physical Therapy for lymphedema patients participated in the study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, and analyzed by qualitative and inductive methods. Four skills were identified as important in the alleviation of lymphedema: "understand the patient including details of his/her life in the past, present and future", "ascertain how lymphedema has impacted on the patient's overall life", "explore methods that have the greatest effect", "perceive what has happened under the palms". Three skills were also identified to support patient self care: "be positive about selfcare", "support to continue self-care", "estimate the distance as an escort runner". The participants in this study treated patients with lymphedema by understanding their physical symptoms and personal experience of the condition. In addition, they provided psychological support to enable the patients to adopt a positive attitude to self-care, and realize and continue selfcare. Once lymphedema appears, it follows a chronic course. Therefore, it is important for the caregivers to care for patients appropriately and reduce their pain. At the same time, the caregivers need to support patients to help them accept their lymphedema and understand the importance of initiating and continuing self-care.

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24巻3号 (2010年12月)
電子版ISSN 2189-7565 印刷版ISSN 0914-6423 日本がん看護学会