Managing chronic oedema: a collaborative community approach

Br J Community Nurs. 2008 Apr;13(4):S25-6, S28-32. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2008.13.Sup2.29397.


Chronic oedema affects over 100 000 people in the UK and is regularly treated by different health care professionals, most commonly community nurses. The effect of chronic oedema on patients can be both physical and emotional and is a huge financial burden on the NHS. Collaborative working between lymphoedema services and community nurses is outlined in this article, highlighting potential benefits to patient care and substantial cost savings. Modified lymphoedema management strategies to treat chronic oedema effectively are identified with the emphasis on joint packages of care and patient goal setting. The role of health care professionals working collaboratively and empowering patients are also discussed in a case study.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Causality
  • Cellulitis / etiology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Community Participation
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Lymphedema / epidemiology
  • Lymphedema / etiology
  • Lymphedema / prevention & control*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse's Role
  • Obesity / complications
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Skin Care / methods
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • State Medicine / organization & administration
  • Stockings, Compression
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology