EDITORIAL: MORBIDITY MANAGEMENT AND DISABILITY PREVENTION: AN AGENDA FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS INITIATED IN INDIA
- SR Narahari
- TJ Ryan
Treatment of patients with lymphedema focuses on reducing limb volume with more recent recognition of the importance of quality-of-life issues. Perhaps due to the incidence of filariasis-related lymphedema compared to breast cancer-related lymphedema in the western world, the Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) in Kerala, India has developed a low-cost and culturally acceptable treatment with quality-of-life focus that works well in that area. Worldwide, there is also recognition of chronic edema as a potential co-morbidity and the recent advances in genetic analysis continue to shed light on lymphedema development that may be important in filariasis-related lymphedema. Although improvement in treatment outcomes by surgical means has been shown, there is often conventional treatment mixed in the therapy and no randomized controls of any therapy exist. In addition, these techniques require supermicrosurgical skill not available in many areas of the world. The WHO has documented the need in filariasis for both universal health care and innovative care for chronic conditions. The IAD has addressed these issues with its integrative model of treatment with patient quality-of-life at the forefront to incorporate traditional practice to involve the patient more fully in family and community support for an additional therapeutic tool.
Keywords: lymphedema, filariasis, therapeutics, quality of life, integrative medicine
How to Cite:
Narahari, S. & Ryan, T., (2021) “EDITORIAL: MORBIDITY MANAGEMENT AND DISABILITY PREVENTION: AN AGENDA FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS INITIATED IN INDIA”, Lymphology 53(4), 157-161. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/lymph.4668