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qualitative study of semi-structured interviews with UK lymphoedema therapists.

Dear colleague,
I have been a clinical massage therapist for 10 years, specialising in post-surgical recovery (oncology, orthopaedic and cosmetic). I am currently writing a thesis for an MSc in Complementary Medicine at the University of Westminster. My area of research is contemporary lymphoedema management.
During the last decade, many scientific advances have been made regarding the physiology of the myofascial and lymphatic systems and I have witnessed lymphoedema management evolve over this time.
However, the evidence base for the efficacy of emerging therapies, and indeed for Manual Lymphatic Drainage, is surprisingly contradictory and does not seem to reflect what is happening on the front line of patient care.
For this reason, I am conducting a qualitative study of semi-structured interviews with UK lymphoedema therapists from any clinical setting; private sector, NHS or hospices, who are willing to share their experiences and expertise with me, to explore the question:
“With changing paradigms and in view of contradictory literature regarding the efficacy of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and emerging therapies, what constitutes evidence-based lymphoedema management in the UK, and how is it being delivered?”
I am seeking participants in London or the South East who treat patients with lymphoedema/ axillary web syndrome, who are willing to meet and take part in a one-hour, recorded interview about how they deliver lymphoedema management using traditional and contemporary therapies, how their practice relates to the current evidence base and their personal experiences in this field.
I would especially like to hear from clinicians using Kinesiology taping, myofascial release and any other techniques alongside the “four cornerstones” of therapy: MLD, compression, skin care and exercise/elevation.
The interviews will take place at a time and place of the participant’s convenience in April and May 2015. The study will be approved by the University of Westminster Ethics Committee and confidentiality of all participants will be paramount. All data use will be strictly within the directives of the Data Protection Act, 1998.
If you would be interested to take part, please contact me, with no obligation, for a participant’s information sheet.
Thank you in advance,
Kindest regards,
Clare Anvar BSc (Hons)
Kelly Judd
Feb 24 2015 12:06PM

Not sure this is relevant but last year I did Sally Kaye's RLD course which was brilliant and i know lots of people have had very positive results with their case studies.

My case study had a milder form of lymphoedema in her arm and although the fluid retention wasn't as big as expected (over the course of the case study) she advised that she feels a lot better about her arm.

If you'd like a chat I'd be happy to help.


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