Exploring how older men with chronic osteoarthritis pain experience self-management programmes- Informing occupational therapy practice
(2013) Exploring how older men with chronic osteoarthritis pain experience self-management programmes- Informing occupational therapy practice, no. 71.
One of the most common causes of chronic pain in older adults is osteoarthritis. The impact of chronic pain is well documented within the literature as causing depression, anxiety, sleep disruption and limitations in the performance of daily activities and function. The literature review explores the use of osteoarthritis self-management programmes and occupational therapy interventions in the management of chronic osteoarthritis pain. The research will focus on the older population of 75 and over with hip and knee osteoarthritis pain. The proposed research adopts a qualitative methodology utilising interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), to explore older men's experience of osteoarthritis self-management programmes. Many studies of osteoarthritis self-management programmes have an over representation of females. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with three older men selected using purposive sampling. Data analysis will go beyond that employed in thematic analysis looking at deep interpretations and comparisons of analysed themes from participants' responses. The study is expected to generate increased awareness of how individuals experience osteoarthritis self-management programmes and the meaning they attach to their experience. This potentially could lead to enhanced occupational therapy service provision.