Mallows, A, Littlewood, C, Jackson, J and Debenham, J (2019) Managing Achilles Pain (the MAP study) – A process evaluation of data collection methods. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 42. pp. 60-66.

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Abstract

Background
Process evaluations explore the way in which a study was conducted. The Managing Achilles Pain study (MAP study) had the primary aim of assessing the feasibility of the protocol for a future large longitudinal cohort study that would investigate the association and predictive relationship of self-efficacy, working alliance and expectations with outcome in the management of Achilles tendinopathy.

Objectives
This study aimed to evaluate the processes conducted in the MAP study by exploring the acceptability of the study procedures from the participants' and physiotherapists' perspectives.

Design
A qualitative evaluation using semi-structured telephone interviews.

Method
All physiotherapists and participants who participated in the MAP study were invited. Data from physiotherapists (n = 6) and participants (n = 7) were transcribed and analysed using the Framework Approach.

Findings
From the physiotherapists' perspective 4 themes were identified relating to obstacles; (1) access to participants; (2) recall; (3) visibility; (4) time, and 4 themes were identified relating to facilitating success; (1) training; (2) motivation; (3) incentives; (4) simplicity. From the participants' perspective 2 themes were identified relating to obstacles; (1) information from the physiotherapist; (2) follow up, 3 themes were identified relating to facilitating success; (1) motivation; (2) website; (3) questionnaire, and 1 theme relating to unintended consequences of participating in the study; positive experience.

Conclusions
Although clinicians are enthused to be involved in research, organisational factors impact levels of engagement. Key influences to optimising the potential success of a study include the publicising of the study; optimising verbal recruitment strategies; and clarity in communication.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Elsevier at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2019.04.008 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 09:17
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 15:47
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6204

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