Knowledge, attitude and practice of physiotherapists about lymphedema: A Turkish perspective


KURT G., Kiloatar H., ARAS B.

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, vol.37, pp.233-237, 2024 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.11.057
  • Journal Name: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, CINAHL, MEDLINE, SportDiscus
  • Page Numbers: pp.233-237
  • Keywords: Attitude, Knowledge, Lymphedema, Physiotherapist, Practice
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Background: Physiotherapists are important members of the healthcare team in the management of lymphedema. Therefore, the level of knowledge and awareness of physiotherapists on this disease is substantial. This study was planned to investigate knowledge, attitude, and practice of physiotherapists about lymphedema in Turkey. Method: This study was a qualitative, prospective, and cross-sectional research. Data were collected with the web-survey which consisted of the demographical characteristics information, evaluation of their own knowledge and practice in lymphedema management, and current knowledge of physiotherapists about lymphedema based on the current literature. Results: Two hundred seventy-four physiotherapists (174 Female: 100 Male; mean age: 29.87 ± 6.9 years) completed the web-survey. From 274 physiotherapists, 52.60% of them had no education about lymphedema, 13.90% of them had never seen any patient with lymphedema, and 57.70% of them had not taken part in the management of a patient with lymphedema. 71.90% of the physiotherapists did not think they have enough knowledge about lymphedema. It was identified that physiotherapists’ general and risk factors knowledge about lymphedema was sufficient. However, physiotherapists showed a lack of knowledge on the evaluation, treatment, and recommendations for lymphedema. Conclusion: Physiotherapists' education and experience in lymphedema management are crucial as they are important members of the multidisciplinary team. To raise qualified physiotherapists in this field, from undergraduate education, special training programs about lymphedema should be added to their lifelong learning process.