A pragmatic randomized controlled trial of the Flinders Program of chronic condition management in community health care services

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To evaluate the Flinders Program in improving self-management in common chronic conditions. To examine properties of the Partners in Health scale (PIH). Methods: Participants were randomized to usual care or Flinders Program plus usual care. Self-management competency, quality of life, and other outcomes were measured at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Results: Of 231 participants, 172 provided data at 6 months and 61 at 12 months. At 6 months, intention-to-treat outcomes favoured the intervention group for SF-12 physical health (p= 0.043). Other pre-determined outcomes did not show significance. At 6 months intervention participants' problem severity scores reduced (p< 0.001) and goal achievement scores increased (p< 0.001). Only 55% of the intervention group received a Flinders Program, compromising study power. The PIH was associated with other measures at baseline and for change over time. Conclusion: In a pragmatic community trial, the Flinders Program improved quality of life at 6 months. Incomplete in-practice intervention delivery limited trial power. Studies are now needed on improving delivery. The PIH has potential as a generic risk screening tool and predictive measure of change in self-management and chronic condition outcomes over time. Practice implications: Better implementation including service integration is required for improved chronic disease management.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1367-1375
    Number of pages9
    JournalPatient Education and Counseling
    Volume98
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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