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Aslan T., Ölçay Demir Ç., Alptekin M., Çetinkaya L., Keser İ.

ULUSLARARASI GAZİ SAĞLIK KONGRESİ, Ankara, Turkey, 15 - 17 December 2021, pp.263-264

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.263-264
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: To investigate the videos with information,suggestions,exercises,lifestyle modifications shared on social media platforms for lymphedema during the pandemic process. Materials and Methods: All Turkish videos published on social media platforms between December 2019-January 2021,in an advanced search engine,by using the keywords “lymphedema,lipedema,complex decongestive physiotherapy(CDP),manual lymph drainage(MLD),exercise in lymphedema” were examined.The subject and content of the videos,the profession of the presenter,target audience,display of the applications it contains,security measures and accordance of preparer’s occupation were evaluated. Results: The 33 videos met the criteria were analyzed.It was determined that the subjects of the videos were 73% patient education,24% exercise and 3% physical activity.The contents were information(52%),exercise+lifestyle change(12%), MLD(12%),exercise,MLD,information,compression,suggestion,CDP in 8 di erent combinations (3%).73% of the videos didn’t include exercise information, di erent exercises were included in 21%,breathing in 3%,strengthening and  exibility exercises in 3%.76% of them targeted a diagnosis,21% of general and 3% of geriatrics. The presenter was doctor in 39%,physiotherapist in 36%,nurse in 6%, physical education teacher in 3%,16% in others.When the compatibility of the video content with the profession was examined,it was found that 64% were fully,18% were partially compatible and 18% weren’t compatible with the profession.Application of the exercises wasn’t shown in 54%,explained partially in 25% and was showed in 21%.The security measures weren’t included in 61%,present in 30% and 10% in partially. Conclusion: Information on social media platforms,which become the only source of information about lymphedema during the pandemic period,are focused on patient education and information,and is insu icient to meet exercise information or individual needs.Although it’s prepared by experts for certain diagnoses and generally in a content compatible with their profession,it has been determined that it’s insu icient in terms of how to do the application and security measures to be followed. Keywords: Lymphedema,lipedema,manual lymphedema,complex evacuation physiotherapy,exercise in lymphedema