Draper-Rodi, J, Vogel, S and Bishop, A (2021) Effects of an e-learning programme on osteopaths' back pain attitudes: a mixed methods feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 7 (1). 174 - ?. ISSN 2055-5784

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BACKGROUND: The biopsychosocial model is recommended in the management of non-specific low back pain but musculoskeletal practitioners can lack skills in assessing and managing patients using a biopsychosocial framework. Educational interventions have produced equivocal results. There is a need for an alternative educational tool to support practitioners' development in the application of biopsychosocial model to manage low back pain.

METHODS: A mixed methods study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of an e-learning programme on the biopsychosocial management of non-specific low back pain for osteopaths with more than 15 years' experience. A sequential explanatory design was conducted, with a feasibility randomised controlled trial and semi-structured interviews explored with thematic analysis.

RESULTS: A total of 45 participants participated in the RCT of which 9 also participated in the interview study. The a-priori sample size was not met (45 instead of 50). The recruitment strategies, randomisation, retention, data collection and outcome measures worked well and were found to be feasible for a main trial. The retention, satisfaction and participants' views of the programme demonstrated a good acceptability of the programme. Data from the semi-structured interviews were organised in three themes, the first two were related to the feasibility and acceptability of the e-learning programme (practical experience of following the course and engagement with the content) and the third relates to the impact of the intervention (perception of the BPS model).

CONCLUSION: A main RCT is feasible and the intervention was received well by the participants. A main RCT is required to assess the effectiveness of the e-learning programme. This work also provided data on aspects so far unreported, including osteopaths' views on continuing professional development, on e-learning as a form of continuing professional development and osteopaths' perceptions and challenges concerning the implementation of the biopsychosocial model in practice.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Biopsychosocial; Continuing professional development; Non-specific low back pain; Osteopathy; Manual therapy; Feasibility; Randomised controlled trial
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC925 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2021 09:58
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 15:34
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10191

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