Occupational Therapy Led Health Promotion for Older People: Feasibility of the Lifestyle Matters Programme

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The aim of this feasibility study was to see if an occupation-based health-promoting intervention for community-living older people could be delivered successfully and also to provide some information to guide a future trial of clinical effectiveness. The participants' ages ranged from 60 to 92 years. Twenty-eight participants commenced the 8-month programme and 26 completed it; they have continued to meet independently following facilitator withdrawal.

The participants were interviewed qualitatively before and after the 8-month programme. Additionally, pre-programme and post-programme measurements of cognition, depression, functional dependency and quality of life were conducted with each participant before and after the intervention.

The post-intervention interviews illustrated the individualised benefits experienced by the participants, with greater self-efficacy being a significant theme. A comparison of the pre-intervention and post-intervention scores on the quantitative measures showed an upward trend on all dimensions of quality of life. The measurement of cognition, depression and dependency proved useful for screening purposes and for identifying individuals at risk, but not as an outcome measure.

The delivery of the programme was feasible and its benefit to participants was observed, but there is a need for further research to test the intervention rigorously and to explore applicability in a range of settings.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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