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Managing Achilles Pain (the MAP study) – A process evaluation of data collection methods

Mallows, Adrian and Littlewood, Chris and Jackson, Jo and Debenham, James (2019) 'Managing Achilles Pain (the MAP study) – A process evaluation of data collection methods.' Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. ISSN 2468-8630

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Background Process evaluations explore the way in which a study was conducted. The Managing Achilles Pain study (MAP study) had the primary aim of assessing the feasibility of the protocol for a future large longitudinal cohort study that would investigate the association and predictive relationship of self-efficacy, working alliance and expectations with outcome in the management of Achilles tendinopathy. Objectives This study aimed to evaluate the processes conducted in the MAP study by exploring the acceptability of the study procedures from the participants' and physiotherapists' perspectives. Design A qualitative evaluation using semi-structured telephone interviews. Method All physiotherapists and participants who participated in the MAP study were invited. Data from physiotherapists (n = 6) and participants (n = 7) were transcribed and analysed using the Framework Approach. Findings From the physiotherapists' perspective 4 themes were identified relating to obstacles; (1) access to participants; (2) recall; (3) visibility; (4) time, and 4 themes were identified relating to facilitating success; (1) training; (2) motivation; (3) incentives; (4) simplicity. From the participants' perspective 2 themes were identified relating to obstacles; (1) information from the physiotherapist; (2) follow up, 3 themes were identified relating to facilitating success; (1) motivation; (2) website; (3) questionnaire, and 1 theme relating to unintended consequences of participating in the study; positive experience. Conclusions Although clinicians are enthused to be involved in research, organisational factors impact levels of engagement. Key influences to optimising the potential success of a study include the publicising of the study; optimising verbal recruitment strategies; and clarity in communication.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 01:00

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