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Using mixed methods to investigate condition management programmes

Reagon, Carly 2009. Using mixed methods to investigate condition management programmes. Presented at: School of Healthcare Studies Research Conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, 20 November 2009.

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Introduction:Condition Management Programmes (CMPs) are voluntary schemes that aim to enable recipients of incapacity benefits to better manage their health condition in relation to a return to work. The schemes operate as part of the UK government strategy, ‘Pathways to Work’. Aim:The aim of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of three CMPs in Wales in relation to management of health conditions and moving customers towards work or training. Methods:A mixed method approach is being utilised to collate data from across three sites. This emerging research paradigm bridges the traditional quantitative/qualitative divide by combining techniques within a single study. Qualitative interviews (N=27) with healthcare practitioners, managers, and customers are being used to explore perspectives of involvement in CMP in-depth. Quantitative data collated over 12 months is being used to investigate changes in customer self-ratings of health and activity during the course of CMP. Results:Preliminary results indicate that CMPs positively impact upon customers in terms of building confidence, increasing activity, managing health, and family relationships. This is underpinned by a non-traditional approach to healthcare that is bio-psychosocial and customer-centred in nature. Conclusion:Use of a mixed methods approach enables the research area to be viewed through different ‘lenses’, allowing the construction of a comprehensive case study of this CMP model.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
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