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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 4
First page : ( 453) Last page : ( 461)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00092.7

Shoulder Function, Functional Status and Knowledge after Application of Lymphedema Prevention Principles among Women Post Mastectomy

Soliman Gehan. H., Elalem Seham Mohamed Abd

Medical Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Menoufia University, Egypt

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Online published on 25 December, 2018.



Breast cancer is the most prevalence cancer among women worldwide and is a stressful event that effect on functional and psychological status of women. This study aimed to assess shoulder function, functional status and knowledge after application of lymphedema prevention principles among women post mastectomy.


A quasi experimental pre-post-test design was used to achieve the aim of the study. The study was conducted at oncology department in the University Hospital at Shebin El-kom District, Menoufia Governorate, Egypt. A purposive sample of mastectomy female patients from the previous mentioned setting that divided into study and control group each one consists of 105 patients. Three Instruments were utilized: structured interview questionnaire to assess socio-demographic and previous medical data, patient's knowledge about breast cancer and surgical treatment, Shoulder functional ability assessment questionnaires, Inventory Functional Status Cancer Assessment Scale.


The main findings of the study there was statistically significant increasing in knowledge and improvement of shoulder functional ability and functional status after application of lymphedema prevention principles for study group than control group.


Application of lymphedema prevention principles is very important concern to increase knowledge and improve shoulder function and functional status for women post mastectomy.


Nurses should pay an attention to educate lymphedema prevention principles for women post mastectomy to improve their functional status and shoulder function.



Shoulder function, Functional status, Lymphedema prevention principles, Mastectomy.


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