To explore the extent to which physiotherapy facilitated chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients to self-manage following discharge, and to explore patients’ perceptions of their need for self-management interventions or support and their preferences in terms of delivery.
Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews to explore patients’ perceptions of various aspects of physiotherapy management of CLBP.
Physiotherapy departments in one geographical area of the UK National Health Service.
Twenty-five people who had received physiotherapy for CLBP within the previous 6 months.
Adoption of self-management strategies was not achieved consistently in this group of participants. There was a strongly perceived need for self-management support following discharge from physiotherapy. Exercises were reportedly the most common self-management strategy in use. However, it was common for participants to perceive that physiotherapy had little influence on their CLBP management following discharge.
These results suggest that CLBP patients could be better facilitated to manage their condition. Providing self-management education in addition to the patient information and education provided traditionally, and providing self-management support in the form of direct access and/or review appointments or telephone calls is worthy of further investigation in this patient group.
Patients’ perceptions of self-management of chronic low back pain: evidence for enhancing patient education and support
Kay Cooper, Blair H. Smith, Elizabeth Hancock
Physiotherapy - March 2009 (Vol. 95, Issue 1, Pages 43-50, DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2008.08.005)