The emerging story of disability associated with lymphatic filariasis: a critical review

Zeldenryk, Lynne, Gray, Marion, Speare, Richard, Gordon, Susan, and Melrose, Wayne (2011) The emerging story of disability associated with lymphatic filariasis: a critical review. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 5 (2). e1366. pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

Globally, 40 million people live with the chronic effects of lymphatic filariasis (LF), making it the second leading cause of disability in the world. Despite this, there is limited research into the experiences of people living with the disease. This review summarises the research on the experiences of people living with LF disability. The review highlights the widespread social stigma and oppressive psychological issues that face most people living with LF-related disability. Physical manifestations of LF make daily activities and participation in community life difficult. The findings confirm the need for the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) to support morbidity management activities that address the complex biopsychosocial issues that people living with LF-related disability face.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1935-2735
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 05:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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