Development, implementation and evaluation of a pilot educational group intervention for lower limb amputees

Barry, Kim (2008) Development, implementation and evaluation of a pilot educational group intervention for lower limb amputees. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Purpose: To develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot group educational intervention programme, based on self-management and psychoeducational approaches, for individuals with a recently acquired lower limb amputation. Method: Thirty-four participants were quasi-experimentally allocated to an intervention or usual care control condition, dependent on the day they attended for their physiotherapy rehabilitation appointment. Intervention participants received a six-week educational group programme covering a range of practical and psychological topics. Participants completed pre and post self-report measures. Results: Within condition analyses showed improvements on measures of depression, generalised self-efficacy, self-efficacy specific to amputation related behaviours, and quality of life. However, when compared, there were no significant differences between the two conditions on any outcome measures and calculated effect sizes were small. Clinical indicators did suggest more reductions in the intervention condition for participants meeting criteria for anxiety and depression. Participant feedback on the group intervention was generally positive. Conclusions: From the current results, the group educational intervention does not appear to be any more effective at reducing depression or anxiety, or improving self-efficacy or quality of life, than usual care for lower limb amputees. This was a small pilot study and may contribute to future research in identifying areas such as social support and coping styles that could be addressed through psychoeducational interventions.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 2008
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2008-82328
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2021 16:33
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 07:26
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.82328

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