The development of an e-learning resource on lower limb lymphedema for continuing care nurses

Lanning, Beverly-Anne (2020) The development of an e-learning resource on lower limb lymphedema for continuing care nurses. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: Lymphedema is a progressive condition that leads to a build-up of fluid in the interstitial spaces, often causing swelling to a limb. The condition is thought to be under-recognized and under-treated. Continuing care nurses (CCNs) are expected to treat and manage lower limb lymphedema in the community setting, but many lack the knowledge and skills to manage this care safely. Purpose: To develop an e-learning resource for CCNs at Central Health on the assessment, treatment, and management of lower limb lymphedema in the community setting. Methods: 1) comprehensive literature review, 2) consultations with CCNs and other key stakeholders at Central Health, 3) environmental scan to find existing e-learning resources, and 4) development of an e-learning resource. Results: The literature supported that lymphedema was under-recognized, under-treated, and a neglected public health issue. The consultations supported a need for education on lymphedema and key topics were identified to cover in the e-learning modules. In the environmental scan, there were no e-learning resources specific to CCNs found. Based on the findings from the literature review, consultations, and environmental scan, an e-learning resource was developed. The resource consists of three modules that cover an overview of lymphedema, assessment, treatment, and management of lower limb lymphedema. The modules contain reflective exercises, case studies, interactive activities, and quizzes to test knowledge and provide information on lymphedema. Conclusion: This e-learning resource will be available through the Learning Management System at Central Health, with the expectation that CCNs complete the three modules prior to attending a one-day workshop on lymphedema management.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 14556
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: lymphedema, lymphoedema, chronic edema, lower limb, lower leg, lower extremity, prevalence, impact, assessment, treatment, management, e-learning, adult learning
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: December 2020
Date Type: Submission
Medical Subject Heading: Lymphedema; Edema; Lower Extremity; Exercise; Computer-Assisted Instruction; Nursing

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