Influences of lower limb edema on daily lives of elderly individuals in an elderly day care center

Sayumi Tsuchiya, Takuto Sawazaki, Shuji Osawa, Makoto Fujiu, Mayumi Okuwa, Junko Sugama

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Aim: The purpose of this study is to describe the influences of lower limb edema on the daily lives of elderly individuals in elderly day care to describe the necessity of care for lower limb edema. Methods: Semi-structured interviews based on a quality of life questionnaire for limb lymphedema were conducted. Two types of text mining analysis methods were used: a frequent word analysis and a content analysis. The edema severity was graded on a scale of 0 to 3, and the sum of the numerical values of the grades for each person was defined as the pitting score. Results: The seven participants had a mean age of 83.4 ± 4.6 years (mean ± SD). The pitting scores ranged from 1 to 25 in the participants. The words “think” (389 times), “walk” (136 times), and “put on” (135 times) were extracted frequently. The content analysis focused on the words “walk” and “put on.” The participants complained of difficulty walking, pain, and numbness when walking, weakness of their lower limbs, difficulty putting on shoes, restrictions on shoe types, and difficulty finding shoes. Conclusions: These results demonstrate that elderly individuals experienced troubles during their daily lives caused by lower limb edema, which highlights the necessity of symptom management. Active interventions for edema by nurses are necessary to improve quality of life in elderly individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12383
JournalJapan Journal of Nursing Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 04-2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Research and Theory


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