National lymphoedema service gets research boost

Health Economics Researcher Ioan Humphreys (College of Human and Health Sciences), Melanie Thomas (final year Doctoral student) and Karen Morgan (Lymphoedema Network Wales) have recently had two articles published in The Nursing Standard and BJN following research to estimate the economic impact of a national lymphoedema service on the NHS Wales budget.

Lymphoedema is thought to affect more than 200,000 people in the UK, and as well as posing a significant economic burden on the NHS, Lymphoedema can severely affect the sufferer’s health related quality of life.

The aim of this collaborative research was to help quantify the cost implications of Lymphoedema and its treatment in Wales, and to investigate the effects it has on the quality of life of patients. More original research is planned from this collaboration in 2018 with an expanded OGEP programme covering Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan University Health Boards.

The Health and Wellbeing Academy is currently looking to work with the Lymphoedema Network Wales team to help increase its treatment capacity and to benefit from their experience and expertise in chronic wound care.

To find out more about the research visit the links below: 


Evaluation of the economic impact of a national lymphoedema service in Wales 

Managing chronic oedema and wet legs in the community: a service evaluation 

 Lymphoedema Network Wales team.