Lymphedema and Chronic Edema Management

Online Micro Course for Health Professionals

University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

This course is being offered as an introduction for any generalist healthcare clinician who may see individuals experiencing lymphedema or chronic edema. This course will provide learners with a comprehensive overview of the complex aspects of lymphedema and chronic edema and present clinical management approaches for these conditions.

Topics covered in depth are: the lymphatic system, emergent research and practice including surgery, other types of measures, and case studies from pediatrics to end-of-life care. Also included are expert presentations, including insight into how they formulate assessment and intervention plans.

This course sets the framework for hands-on courses and clinical practice.

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This online course includes four learning modules delivered asynchronously over a six-week time frame. Learners work through the modules at their own pace. Modules include knowledge checks and tailored learning activities to ensure that learning goals are being met throughout the course. Upon successful completion participants are issued a faculty digital certificate noting the number of educational hours.


  • Differentiate between types of edema, explain different measurements for lymphedema/chronic edema, and be more familiar with the quality of life considerations associated with chronic edema.
  • Appreciate the timeline of lymphedema, the impacts of lymphedema at major stages in life (pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric), and have more awareness of the comorbid issues that may impact individuals with lymphedema in different age brackets.
  • Approach lymphedema care from a person-centred perspective.
  • Understand current practice and advanced research, clinical, and surgical interventions in lymphedema management from a Canadian perspective

This course was developed and is offered through a collaboration between the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Professional Development, the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF), and with the support of a Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship.

This course received educational grants from Essity and Juzo.

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