Feasibility assessment of an occupational therapy lifestyle intervention added to multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment at a Danish pain centre: a qualitative evaluation from the perspectives of patients and clinicians

Svetlana Solgaard Nielsen, Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen, Jens Søndergaard, Vicki Mogensen, Anette Enemark Larsen, Søren Thorgaard Skou, Charlotte Simonÿ

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Purpose: As part of intervention feasibility evaluation before conducting a clinical trial, this study aimed to investigate perspectives of patients and clinicians involved in the occupational therapy lifestyle-oriented programme REVEAL(OT) [Redesign your EVEveryday Activities and Lifestyle with Occupational Therapy] which was added to multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment. Methods: We conducted three focus group interviews, two with eight voluntarily selected patients and one with four clinicians. Data were analysed using Braun & Clarke's semantic data-driven analysis. Results: Patients reported satisfaction with the intervention and a greater acceptance of living with chronic pain through increased understanding of pain mechanisms, more effective daily planning and improved social interaction. Patients felt empowered to change lifestyle habits by restarting habitual interests, prioritizing joyful occupations for improved occupational balance, and lifestyle modifications. Contact to occupational therapists and peer support were important empowering factors for working with lifestyle goals. Patients and clinicians expressed their views on further improvement of the REVEAL(OT). Conclusions: Patients and clinicians found the lifestyle-oriented occupational therapy programme relevant as an add-on to the multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment. A need was expressed for a reduced information and treatment load and a higher degree of communication and cooperation among the clinicians involved in the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1949900
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Volume16
Issue number1
ISSN1748-2623
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13. Jul 2021

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