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

Battersby, Malcolm W., Harris, Melanie, Reed, Richard L., Harvey, Peter W., Woodman, Richard J. and Frith, Peter 2010, A randomised trial of the Flinders Program to improve patient self-management competencies in a range of chronic conditions : study rationale and protocol, Australasian medical journal, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 198-204.

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Title A randomised trial of the Flinders Program to improve patient self-management competencies in a range of chronic conditions : study rationale and protocol
Author(s) Battersby, Malcolm W.
Harris, Melanie
Reed, Richard L.
Harvey, Peter W.ORCID iD for Harvey, Peter W. orcid.org/0000-0003-2983-663X
Woodman, Richard J.
Frith, Peter
Journal name Australasian medical journal
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 198
End page 204
Total pages 7
Publisher Australasian Medical Journal
Place of publication Dundas, Ont.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1836-1935
Keyword(s) chronic illness
self-management
randomised controlled trial
protocol
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Australasian Medical Journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081524

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