Report from the 7th International Lymphoedema Framework Conference

Norah Kyne, Chartered Physiotherapist Specialist in Lymphoedema Management & NLFI Steering Committee Member 

The 7th International Lymphoedema Framework conference took place from 21-24 June 2017 in the beautiful, ancient city of Siracusa, Sicily, Italy.

The scientific programme included keynote lectures, free paper sessions, industry symposia and posters. International speakers presented research on many aspects of lymphoedema which were organised broadly  under the following themes;

  • updates in manual lymphatic drainage and compression
  • surgical intervention
  • the impact of genetics in primary lymphoedema
  • children’s lymphoedema
  • lipoedema

Presentations also included patient feedback on how diverse information from health care professionals to people at risk of developing lymphoedema impacted on their well-being and psychology.

The National Lymphoedema Framework of Ireland is proud to acknowledge the inclusion of  Monica Conway, NLFI committee member, in this international group of speakers, who presented her Masters degree research findings on Professional Education on Breast Cancer-Related Lymphoedema and it’s relation to Patient Well-Being

Another major component of the conference was the presentation of the findings from the International LIMPRINT study. LIMPRINT (Lymphoedema IMpact and PRevalence – INTernational Lymphoedema Framework) is an international study aimed at capturing the size and impact of chronic oedema in different countries and health services across the world, and the focus is to provide evidence to support the development and reimbursement of lymphoedema services. The project is co-ordinated by the International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) through its participating national frameworks, and includes  contributions from the National Lymphoedema Framework Ireland (NLFI).

The NLFI was delighted to be one of nine National Frameworks involved in this large study which analysed the impact and prevalence of chronic oedema in each country. It is hoped that the tools from this research can continue to be used for data collection to produce evidence-based information that will assist in highlighting the need for service development in this area.

As well as being informative, educational and an excellent environment for meeting international colleagues involved in the treatment of people with lymphoedema, the conference also highlights the level of work and dedication towards investigating and improving management of this condition.

 

Ms. Christine Moffat, Co-Chair ILF, Ms. Norah Kyne NLFI and Professor Neil Piller, Co-Chair ILF

 

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