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Factors effecting participation rates in chronic disease self-management programmes.
Bond University, Australia.
Ozcare, Robina, Australia.
Ozcare, Robina, Australia.
Bond University, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4318-9216
2013 (English)In: APA Conference 2013: New moves, Australian Physiotherapy Association , 2013, 2-2 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Question: What factors contribute to a lack of participation in community health care based Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) programmes?

Design: Descriptive study

Participants: Twenty two patients eligible to participate in a community health care based CDSM program and 17 general practitioners (GP).

Outcome Measures: A patient self-reported questionnaire was used to investigate expectations, potential facilitators and barriers to patient participation and GP referral to a CDSM program.

Results: For eligible CDSM participants, 57% were expecting relevant health maintenance advice, 18% expected improved general health and 25% were unsure what to expect. The main facilitators to participation were active recruitment by CDSM providers and that the program was cost free. Main barriers to participation included patient perceived relevance of the CDSM and scheduling issues. For GP’s, a lack of awareness, uncertainty of referral pathway, their time constraints, and appropriateness for their client were the main barrier to referring to CDSM programs.

Conclusion: Clear information on CDSM program content and referral pathways directed at both potential participants and those who would refer participants should be greatly improved.

Key Practice Points:

•  Community health CDSM providers should consider improving awareness of programs through marketing clear program content and referral pathways to potential patients directly and local health care professionals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Australian Physiotherapy Association , 2013. 2-2 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123555OAI: diva2:886195
National Conference of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia, 17-20 October 2013
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2016-01-08Bibliographically approved

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