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Lymphoedema practice patterns: maintenance recommendations

Elizabeth Campione, Julie H. Hunley, Katherine Jackson
7 September 2021

Lymphoedema practitioners (n=866) were surveyed by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) to understand current management of patients with lymphoedema and related disorders. The purpose of this study was to describe the current trends in compression recommendations for the maintenance phase of complete decongestive therapy based on lymphoedema severity. The authors’ findings show that flat-knit (37%) and circular-knit (35%) garments were most frequently recommended for daytime maintenance, while adjustable wraps (27%), foam/padded garments (21%) and compression bandages (20%) were most frequently recommended for nighttime use. Variability was noted amongst the correlations between severity of disease and compression recommendation demonstrating practitioner autonomy in product recommendations.

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