LIMPRINT in Australia

Gordon, S.J., Murray, S.G., Sutton, T., Coulombe, M.-M., James, S.J., Van Zanten, M., Lawson, J.K. and Moffatt, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2436-0129, 2019. LIMPRINT in Australia. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 17 (2), pp. 173-177. ISSN 1539-6851

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Background and study objective: Australia was one of nine participating countries in the epidemiology Phase II LIMPRINT project to determine the number of people with chronic oedema in local health services.

Methods and results: Data collection occurred through questionnaire-based interviews and clinical assessment with provided LIMPRINT tools. Four different types of services across three states in Australia participated. A total of 222 adults participated with an age range from 22 to 102 years, and 60% were female. Site 1 included three residential care facilities (54% of participants had swelling), site 2 was community delivered aged care services (24% of participants had swelling), site 3 was a hospital setting (facility-based prevalence study) (28% of participants had swelling) and site 4 was a wound treatment centre (specific patient population) (100% of participants had swelling). Of those with chronic oedema or secondary lymphoedema 93% were not related to cancer, the lower limbs were affected in 51% of cases and 18% of participants with swelling reported one or more episodes of cellulitis in the previous year. Wounds were identified in 47% (n=105) of all participants with more than half of those with wounds coming from the dedicated wound clinic. Leg/foot ulcer was the most common type of wound (65% n=68).

Conclusion: Distances between services, lack of specialised services and various state funding models contribute to inequities in CO treatment. Understanding the high number of non-cancer related chronic oedema presentations will assist health services to provide timely, effective care and improve referral pathways.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Lymphatic Research and Biology
Creators: Gordon, S.J., Murray, S.G., Sutton, T., Coulombe, M.-M., James, S.J., Van Zanten, M., Lawson, J.K. and Moffatt, C.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 17 April 2019
Volume: 17
Number: 2
ISSN: 1539-6851
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Mar 2019 13:28
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 13:29

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