Kinesiology taping for breast lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment: A feasibility randomised controlled tria

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dc.contributor.author Collins, Siobhán
dc.contributor.author Bradley, Nora
dc.contributor.author Fitzgibbon, Sarah
dc.contributor.author McVeigh, Joseph G.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-26T15:14:09Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-26T15:14:09Z
dc.date.issued 2018-07-17
dc.identifier.citation Collins, S., Bradley, N., Fitzgibbon, S. and McVeigh, J. G. (2018) 'Kinesiology taping for breast lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment: A feasibility randomised controlled trial', Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 39(2), pp. 107-116. en
dc.identifier.volume 39 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 107 en
dc.identifier.endpage 116 en
dc.identifier.issn 2213-0683
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7811
dc.identifier.doi 10.3233/PPR-180113 en
dc.description.abstract PURPOSE: The primary aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of kinesiology tape (KT) and usual care versus usual care alone in the treatment of breast lymphoedema (BLE). METHODS: Fourteen participants with BLE were randomly assigned to either the KT and usual care group or usual care alone group. Both groups received three sessions of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) once per week for three weeks, with the KT group additionally wearing the KT for two seven-day periods in between MLD sessions. Safety and acceptability of the KT were assessed by recording adverse events, skin changes and compliance with KT. Outcomes included were: ease of recruitment, attrition and acceptability of KT, percentage breast tissue water, patient-reported breast heaviness/fullness, breast discomfort and breast redness. RESULTS: Recruitment for this study was an average of 2.8 participants per month. There were no dropouts from either group. No adverse events or major skin side effects were recorded in either group. Minor skin redness was the most common dermal change (n  = 5). Compliance with KT was excellent. Percentage tissue water in the worst affected breast quadrant reduced, on average, by 15.14% and 10.43% in both the KT group and the usual care group respectively. CONCLUSION: This feasibility RCT into the use of KT in BLE has shown that recruitment to a larger scale RCT is feasible. It has been demonstrated that KT is a safe and acceptable intervention with no adverse events and minor dermal changes. A large, multi-centred RCT is now necessary to accurately assess the effect of KT in BLE. en
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dc.publisher IOS Press en
dc.rights © 2018 IOS Press and the authors. en
dc.subject Breast lymphoedema en
dc.subject Breast oedema en
dc.subject Kinesiology tape en
dc.subject Moisture MeterD Compact en
dc.title Kinesiology taping for breast lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment: A feasibility randomised controlled tria en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Joseph Mcveigh, School Of Clinical Therapies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: joseph.mcveigh@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2019-04-26T15:10:33Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Physiotherapy Practice and Research en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress joseph.mcveigh@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.eissn 2213-0691


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