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The role of skin therapists in the Netherlands — maintaining skin health in lymphoedema

Carla Rienstra, Malou Zanten, Nienke Kielstra-Oppenhuizen, Patricia Stienstra
12 August 2014

<p>Background: Skin therapy is an allied health profession in the Netherlands and is involvedin the diagnostics, treatment and management of lymphoedema. A systematic review of fiveof the skin therapeutic interventions for arm lymphoedema was conducted and these findings were included in a statement document completed in 2011.</p>n<p>Methods: A systematic literature search was completed examining the evidence of the effectiveness of different interventions for the treatment of women with secondary arm lymphoedema caused by the treatment of breast carcinoma. The five interventions that were investigated were complete decongestive therapy (CDT), intermittent pneumatic compression therapy, multi-layer, short-stretch bandaging, compression garments and manual lymphatic drainage.</p>n<p>Conclusion: Literature evidence was found for all five interventions with the highest evidence of effectiveness for the benefit of CDT for the treatment of lymphoedema patients.</p>

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