Self-management and adherence with exercise-based falls prevention programmes: a qualitative study to explore the views and experiences of older people and physiotherapists

Lucy Robinson, Julia Newton, Diana Jones

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to involve older people and physiotherapists in the development of acceptable strategies to promote uptake and adherence with an exercise-based falls prevention programme. Method: Focus groups were conducted with older people attending a regional falls and syncope service (3 groups, total 12 participants) and local physiotherapists (4 groups, total 18 participants). Framework analysis was undertaken to identify why uptake and adherence with an exercise-based falls prevention programme is currently poor and to provide suggestions for how it might be improved. Results: The older people participated in an exercise-based falls prevention programme to remain independent in activities of daily living. They valued approaches that promoted self-efficacy and self-management. In contrast, the physiotherapists perceived that many older people were reluctant to participate in an exercise-based falls prevention programme. While it was acknowledged that older people should be encouraged to take greater responsibility for the maintenance of their own health, the physiotherapists demonstrated a conflicting desire to remain in control of the treatment programme. Conclusions: A focus on self-management support may provide the key to promoting uptake and adherence with an exercise-based falls prevention programme. Physiotherapists should move from being “experts” to “enablers” who use their professional knowledge and expertise to support older people at risk of falling to maintain optimum levels of health and independence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-386
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

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