A randomised trial of the Flinders Program to improve patient self-management competencies in a range of chronic conditions: study rationale and protocol

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    Abstract

    Background: Supporting self management is seen as an important health service strategy in dealing with the large and increasing health burden of chronic conditions. Several types of self-management programs are available. Evidence to date suggests that disease-specific and lay-led self management programs provide only part of the support needed for improved outcomes. The Flinders Program is promising as a generic self management intervention, which can be combined with targeted disease-specific and lay-led interventions, but it has yet to be evaluated for a range of chronic conditions using a rigorous controlled trial design. This paper gives the rationale for a randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of the Flinders Program of chronic condition self-management in community practice, and details and justifies the design of such a study. Method: The design for a randomised trial and associated process evaluation, suited to evaluation of a complex and behavioural intervention as it is applied in actual practice, is presented and justified. Conclusion: A randomised trial of the Flinders Program is required and a functional design is presented. Results from this trial, currently underway, will test the effectiveness of the Flinders Program in improving patient competencies in self-management of chronic conditions in practice conditions. A process evaluation alongside the trial will explore system, provider and patient factors associated with greater and lesser Program effectiveness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)198-204
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralasian Medical Journal
    Volume1
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Chronic illness
    • Mixed methods
    • Protocol
    • Randomised controlled trial
    • Self-management

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