Secondary Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Interventions: A Clinical Practice Guideline
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Section on Women's Health
Session Code: ON-2A-7765
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 103B

Speaker(s):   Claire Davies, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA
  Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD
  Kimberly Levenhagen, PT, DPT
  Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT
  Kathy Ryans, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

There is a plethora of interventions available for treatment of cancer-related upper quadrant secondary lymphedema, with a vast variation in protocols. The wide variability in practice is often confusing to both individuals who develop upper quadrant secondary lymphedema and the clinicians who treat them. Thus, the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association formed a guideline development group to appraise the literature regarding the management of cancer-related upper quadrant lymphedema. The goal of the guideline development group is to formulate evidence-based recommendations to guide clinical practice. In this session, the guideline development group will report their preliminary findings and recommendations based on the quality of evidence for interventions used in the management of cancer-related upper quadrant lymphedema.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe how clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are developed.

2. Identify nonpharmacologic interventions supported by current best evidence to address impairments of body function, structure, and activity and participation restrictions.

3. Apply the CPG recommendations to develop an individualized plan of care for individuals with cancer-related upper quadrant lymphedema.

4. Identify gaps in research for interventions of secondary upper quadrant lymphedema.

CEU: 0.2

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