Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in a Peer Support Intervention for Veterans with Chronic Pain

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

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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, semi-structured interview to explore their experiences with the intervention. Data were analyzed using an immersion/crystallization approach. RESULTS:: Three facilitators and two 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)
JournalClinical Journal of Pain
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StateAccepted/In press - Sep 3 2015

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Veterans
Chronic Pain
Self Care
Patient Participation
Immersion
Crystallization
Interviews

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  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in a Peer Support Intervention for Veterans with Chronic Pain. / Matthias, Marianne; Kukla, Marina; McGuire, Alan B.; Damush, Teresa; Gill, Nabiha; Bair, Matthew.

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