Understanding home monitoring and self-management in breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a qualitative study

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative focus group study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the attitudes of those at-risk of or living with lymphoedema following breast cancer towards the concept of lymphoedema home monitoring and whether it may be possible to do this using Bioimpedance Spectroscopy (BIS) technology. Thirty-one women with self-ascribed lymphoedema stage participated in one of five focus groups. Thematic analysis was used to identify five overarching themes regarding participant perspectives towards lymphoedema home monitoring to improve self-management: Lymphoedema knowledge; Facilitators of self-care; Barriers to self-care; Perceived control; and, Overall perceptions of home monitoring. The findings provided support for the concept of lymphoedema home monitoring and that BIS technology may potentially be used as an adjunct to support clinical consultations and self-management in lymphoedema.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lymphoedema
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Bioimpedance spectroscopy
  • Breast cancer
  • Home monitoring
  • Lymphoedema
  • Qualitative study
  • Self-management

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