Facilitators and barriers to participation in a peer support intervention for veterans with chronic pain

Marianne S. Matthias, Marina Kukla, Alan B. McGuire, Teresa M. Damush, Nabiha Gill, Matthew J. Bair

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Abstract

Objective: To understand facilitators and barriers to participation in a peer support intervention for self-management of chronic pain. Methods: After completing a pilot intervention study, peer coaches and their veteran patients took part in a qualitative, semistructured interview to explore their experiences with the intervention. Data were analyzed using an immersion/crystallization approach. Results: Three facilitators and 2 barriers to patient participation in a peer support intervention for veterans with chronic pain emerged. Facilitators were (1) having a shared identity as veterans, (2) being partnered with a person who also has chronic pain, and (3) support from the study staff. Barriers were (1) logistical challenges, and (2) challenges to motivation and engagement in the intervention. Discussion: Awareness of facilitators and barriers to participation in a peer-supported self-management program for chronic pain, as well as strategies to capitalize on facilitators and mitigate barriers, are essential for further study and ultimate clinical implementation of such a program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-540
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Journal of Pain
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Peer support
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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