Longitudinal qualitative study of living with neurogenic claudication

Griffiths, Frances, Srikesavan, Cynthia, Ward, Lesley, Boniface, Graham, Williamson, Esther and Lamb, Sarah E (2022) Longitudinal qualitative study of living with neurogenic claudication. BMJ Open, 12 (9). e060128. ISSN 2044-6055

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Objectives: Neurogenic claudication (NC) causes pain and reduced mobility, particularly in older people, and can negatively affect mental and social well-being, so limiting successful ageing. This qualitative study explored how people with NC changed over 12 months.
Design: A longitudinal qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Setting: Participants were recruited from a UK clinical trial of a physiotherapy intervention for NC.
Participants: Interviews were undertaken at baseline, 1 month after receiving any intervention and at 12 months. We analysed 30 sets of three interviews.
Results: Interview data were summarised for each time point into biopsychosocial domains: pain, mobility and activities of daily living, psychological impact, and social and recreational participation. Through comparative analysis we explored participant trajectories over time. Progressive improvement in at least one domain was experienced by 13 participants, but there was variability in trajectories with early improvements that remained the same, transient changes and no change also commonly observed. Eleven participants described co-present improvement trajectories in all domains. Three participants described co-present improvement in all domains except participation; one had never stopped their participation and two had unattainable expectations. Five participants described co-present improvement in one domain and deterioration in another and 14 participants described co-present no change in one domain and change in another. There was evidence of interaction between domains; for example, improved mobility led to improved participation and for some participants, specific factors influenced change. Of the 15 participants who experienced improved participation, 10 reported improvements in all other domains and five participants did not; for two, pain did not prevent participation, one used a walking aid and two had a positive psychological outlook.
Conclusion: The daily lived experiences of older adults with NC are variable and include interaction between biopsychosocial domains. Therapist understanding of these trajectories and their interactions may help to provide personalised therapy. Trial Registration Number: ISRCTN12698674

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research is funded by the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (reference: PTC-RP-PG-0213-20002). Preparatory work for the programme of research was supported by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. SEL and EW received funding from the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and are supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford.
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 13:46
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 14:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50194

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