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

Cooper, Kay, Jehu, Llinos M., Smith, Blair H., 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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