Clinicians' training and interests in LE research

Mei Fu, Jane Armer, Saskia Thiadens, Vanessa Hurless, Joseph Feldman, Sheila Ridner, Jan Weiss, Patricia Meringer, Catherine Tuppo, Jospeh Meringer, Janice Cormier

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Background: It is essential to understand clinicians' research training to advance the field of lymphoedema through continuous research and implementation of evidence-based practice. Aims: To investigate clinicians' training, interests, and opinions regarding lymphoedema research. Methods: A survey was conducted by the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Research Committee from 2007-2009. A sample of NLN professional members was recruited. Descriptive and comparative data analyses were performed. Results: Among 317 clinicians who completed the survey, 52.4% had received some formal research training. The clinicians rated the most important obstacles for research were lack of funds, followed by lack of time and lack of knowledge. Clinicians rated that the most beneficial education programme should focus on performing clinical research in a busy clinic setting with limited resources. Over 80% of the clinicians expressed interests in research training on critical evaluation of current lymphoedema research, development of research ideas and clinical protocols, and writing fundable grants. Conclusions: This survey identified clinicians' research training needs and obstacles. Professional organisations may use this information to strategically plan educational opportunities and venues. Declaration of interest: None.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lymphoedema
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Clinicians' perspective
  • Dissemination
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Lymphoedema
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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