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Ten Footsteps 2021. An Online course to support 1 self-management of pain

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chris PenlingtonORCiD



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Objective To describe an online self-management course that was piloted as part of Footsteps 2021, an online festival provided on a voluntary basis by a team of health care professionals and experts by experience with the intention of supporting people to live well with pain. Design A feasibility study to assess who would engage with the course and potential areas of benefit. The Ten Footsteps Course mirrors a multidisciplinary pain management programme and was offered to anybody who identified that they would find it helpful to attend the sessions. Results A pre-course survey indicated that people who signed up were familiar with the idea of self-management and were largely in alignment with its ethos. Scores completed on a range of questionnaires were in alignment with those reported from formal pain management services. Thirty-two people completed the pre-course questionnaire. Only nine people completed a follow-up questionnaire at the end of the course. At the end of the course average reported levels of self-efficacy were higher and catastrophizing were lower compared to at the beginning while pain intensity and overall wellbeing did not differ at the two timepoints. Conclusions. Pain self-management support co-produced and delivered in an open access format is of interest to people living with pain and some appear to benefit. There is a need to explore how this intervention can be made more accessible, including the use of different formats of delivery.

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Author(s): Penlington C, Ashmore J, Agathangelou M, Cruickshank R, Cole F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pain and Rehabilitation

Year: 2022

Volume: 52

Issue: 8

Pages: 34-41

Online publication date: 01/12/2021

Acceptance date: 25/10/2021

Date deposited: 15/11/2021

ISSN (print): 2051-0047

ISSN (electronic): 2051-0055

Publisher: Ingenta Connect