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PALS: peer support for community dwelling older people with chronic low back pain: a feasibility and acceptability study

March, 2020
Article:

This paper explores the use of a peer support intervention to facilitate self-management of chronic low back pain (CLBP).

Abstract

Examine the feasibility and acceptability of a peer support intervention (PALS) to facilitate self-management in community dwelling older adults with Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP), and examine the feasibility of study methods in order to inform the design of a future randomised controlled trial. We recruited to target and retained 2/3 of participants. PALS was delivered as intended and acceptable to people with CLBP and PSVs. Most participants were satisfied with PALS and would recommend it to someone else with CLBP. Study processes worked well, but recruitment procedures need to be refined. Outcome measures were returned and were mostly complete, but further work on the most appropriate measures is required. PALS was feasible to deliver and acceptable to the older people and PSVs who took part in this study. We identified amendments to PALS and the study processes that, once implemented, will allow the effectiveness of PALS to be tested in a large-scale study.

Full Reference

Cooper, K., Schofield, P., Smith, B.H. and Klein S., 2019. PALS: Peer support for community dwelling older people with chronic low back pain: a feasibility and acceptability study. Physiotherapy. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2019.01.015.

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