Training peers to support older people with chronic low back pain following physiotherapy discharge: a feasibility study

Cooper, Kay and Jehu, Llinos M. and Smith, Blair H. and Klein, Susan and Schofield, Patricia (2018) Training peers to support older people with chronic low back pain following physiotherapy discharge: a feasibility study. Physiotherapy, 104 (2). pp. 239-247. ISSN 0031-9406

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Objective: To determine the feasibility and acceptability of a training programme for peer volunteers to support older adults with chronic low back pain (CLBP) following discharge from physiotherapy. Design: Feasibility study Setting: Community-based Participants: 17 adults (4 male, 13 female) with CLBP or experience of supporting someone with CLBP. experience of CLBP enrolled and 12 (2 male, 11 female) completed the volunteer training. Intervention: Volunteers took part in a face-to-face or blended delivery peer support training programme based on the Mental Health Foundation’s “Principles into Practice” and adapted for CLBP by the study team. Main outcome measures: Recruitment/retention rates; demographics; time & resources used to deliver training; training evaluation (questionnaire); knowledge questionnaire, and self-efficacy questionnaire. Results: Seventeen participants enrolled on the training programme (11 face-to-face, 6 blended delivery). 12 (71%) completed the training (73% face-to-face, 67% blended delivery). The training was positively evaluated. All but 2 participants passed the knowledge quiz at the end of the training, and the majority of self-efficacy scores (90%) were high. Conclusions: It is feasible to develop, implement and evaluate a peer support training programme for the facilitation of CLBP self-management in older adults following discharge from physiotherapy. Blended delivery of training may facilitate the recruitment of greater numbers of peer support volunteers in future studies. Supported self-management of CLBP pain is widely recommended but can be difficult to achieve. Peer support might be a promising method of facilitating CLBP self-management without additional burden to health services.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Peer support, Chronic low back pain, Self-management, Older adults, Training programme
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Prof Pat Schofield
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 14:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56

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