Participating in and delivering the ATEAM trial (Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage)interventions for chronic back pain: a qualitative study of professional perspectives


Beattie, Angela, Shaw, Alison, Yardley, Lucy, Little, Paul and Sharp, Debbie (2010) Participating in and delivering the ATEAM trial (Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage)interventions for chronic back pain: a qualitative study of professional perspectives. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 18, (3-4), 119 -127. (doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2010.05.037).

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Objectives: To outline professionals’ experiences of participation, perceived benefits and acceptability of the interventions delivered in the ATEAM trial (Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage), for patients with chronic or recurrent back pain.
Design: Qualitative study using in-depth interviews was conducted with a purposeful sample of twenty professionals (general practitioners(GPs), nurses, Alexander technique teachers, and massage therapists).Data were recorded, transcribed, and analysed thematically using the constant comparison method.
Results: Evidence of effectiveness GPs wanted an evidence base for the interventions, whilst nurses, Alexander technique teachers and massage therapists perceived patient reports of benefit as evidence. Professionals’ perception of the acceptability of the intervention:
professional perspectives differed, with GPs and nurses viewing the structured nature of exercise prescription and Alexander technique lessons as more beneficial and acceptable than massage in alleviating patients’ backpain. Economic cost: the cost to patients pursuing Alexander technique lessons and massage was perceived to be a barrier outside the trial. Inter-professional communication: there was little communication between the professionals groups within the trial.
Conclusions: Valuable insights have been gained in to the perceived benefits and acceptability of exercise, Alexander technique lessons and massage as interventions for chronic back pain. Lessons in the Alexander technique with or without exercise, was perceived as more beneficial and acceptable than massage by professionals who participated and delivered the ATEAM trial
interventions.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0965-2299 (electronic)
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Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
ePrint ID: 168103
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 14:22
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:19
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/168103

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