NOTE: Before reading (and listening to) these capstone materials, please listen to the brief audio introduction to this project, which is found below.
Lymphedema is a potentially chronic and disfiguring condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life physically, psychologically, and socially. However, many individuals with lymphedema are unaware of treatments available or have a lack of access to appropriate healthcare professionals (Doherty, 2006). With appropriate treatment, clients struggling with lymphedema may have decreased pain, swelling, and swelling related symptoms, as well as improved overall functioning and quality of life (Ahmed, Prizmen, Laxocich, Schmitz, & Folson, 2008; Beaulac, McNair, Scott, LaMorte & Kavanah, 2002; International Society of Lymphology, 2003; Zuther & Norton, 2013). The purpose of this project is to a.) Explore lymphedema, access issues, and the importance of appropriate treatment interventions; b.) Improve access to appropriate lymphedema treatment interventions through program development in a rural healthcare setting including a post-mastectomy program (lymphedema prevention); and c.) Improve access to effective lymphedema treatment through development of an educational program for Haitian healthcare workers to work towards eradication of lymphatic filariasis.
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