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Patient perspectives on participation in exercise-based rehabilitation for Achilles tendinopathy: A qualitative study

Mallows, Adrian and Head, John and Goom, Tom and Malliaras, Peter and O'Neill, Seth and Smith, Benjamin (2021) 'Patient perspectives on participation in exercise-based rehabilitation for Achilles tendinopathy: A qualitative study.' Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 56. p. 102450. ISSN 2468-8630

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Background Achilles tendinopathy (AT) is common, and can be traumatic or insidious in onset and short-lasting or persistent in nature. Factors influencing the experience of pain are poorly understood; little is known about mechanisms driving pain and the response (or lack of) to rehabilitation. Despite this, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of exercise to manage AT. Interestingly, variation in exercise approach does not appear to significantly impact outcome. Patients’ perceptions of factors related to rehabilitation that may influence outcome could provide a valuable addition to help guide future research and practice. Objectives The aim of this study is to gain an insight into patients’ experiences of participating in an exercise-based rehabilitation programme for AT. Method A qualitative interpretive description design. Data generated from semi-structured interviews were analysed thematically using the guidelines set out by Braun and Clarke. Findings This is the first study to use a qualitative method of inquiry to gain data on the experiences of people undertaking exercise-based rehabilitation for AT. The four major themes that were identified from the data were: (1) ‘understanding the impact’ (2) ‘expectations’ (3) ‘what matters’ and (4) ‘the burden of exercise’. Conclusions Given the uncertainty surrounding the mechanisms of effect of our treatments, the insights provide a platform from which researchers and clinicians can consider further in the management of people with Achilles tendinopathy. Specifically, it has highlighted that patients value a flexible, supportive approach embracing the biopsychosocial impact of AT on the individual.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Achilles tendinopathy; Exercise; Patient perspectives; Qualitative research
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 09:51
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 01:00

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