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The lay health worker-patient relationship in promoting pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in COPD: What makes it work?
journal contributionposted on 2020-05-20, 10:25 authored by Gill Gilworth, Simon Lewin, Alison J Wright, Stephanie JC Taylor, Rachel Tuffnell, Lauren Hogg, Nicholas S Hopkinson, Sally J Singh, Patrick White
Lay health workers (LHWs) can improve access to services and adherence to treatment, as well as promoting self-care and prevention. Their effect in promoting uptake and adherence in pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has not been tested. PR is the most effective treatment for the symptoms and disability of COPD, but this effectiveness is undermined by poor rates of completion. Trained LHWs with COPD, who also have first-hand experience of PR, are well placed to help overcome the documented barriers to its completion. The relationship between LHWs and patients may be one of the keys to their effectiveness but it has been little explored. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were used with the aim of examining the LHW-patient partnership in a feasibility study of trained PR-experienced LHWs used to support COPD patients referred to PR. Twelve volunteers with COPD who completed LHW training supported 66 patients referred for PR. All 12 of these LHWs gave end-of-study interviews, 21 COPD patients supported by LHWs were also interviewed. Patients reported that the LHWs were keen to share their experiences of PR, and that this had a positive impact. The enthusiasm of the LHWs for PR was striking. The common bond between LHWs and patients of having COPD together with the LHWs positive, first-hand experience of PR were dominant and recurring themes in their relationship.
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This article presents independent research funded by the NIHR under its Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0214-30052). SL receives additional funding from the South African Medical Research Council. SJCT was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames at Bart’s Health NHS Trust.
CitationGilworth, G., Lewin, S., Wright, A. J., Taylor, S. J., Tuffnell, R., Hogg, L., … White, P. (2019). The lay health worker–patient relationship in promoting pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in COPD: What makes it work? Chronic Respiratory Disease. https://doi.org/10.1177/1479973119869329
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