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The lymphedema life impact scale

from Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Most literature reporting the effects of lymphedema on quality of life have utilized either generic quality of life instruments such as the SF-36 and Nottingham Health Profile — or cancer-related outcome measures including the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy — Functional Living Index-Cancer and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-Quality of Life Questionnaire. The difficulty in using those measures is the lack of sensitivity to issues relating to lymphedema. Due to the specific impact of lymphedema, it is important to use a condition-specific measure to assess the effects of all kinds of lymphedema upon patients and on which to plan and base appropriate treatment. more

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