Using the patient activation measure to examine the self-management support needs of a population of UK workers with long-term health conditions
journal contributionposted on 28.09.2021, 10:22 by Sally Hemming, Fehmidah MunirFehmidah Munir
To examine differences in patient activation and self-management support needs in a population of UK workers with long-term health conditions.
Demographic, health and activation information were taken from the data of participants with long-term conditions, collected via an online cross-sectional survey of workers. The 13-item British patient activation measure measured workers knowledge, skills and confidence towards self-managing.
Three hundred and seven workers with mental health, musculoskeletal and other conditions completed the patient activation measure. Mental health conditions were most prevalent (36.8%). Workers were higher activated, however workers with mental health conditions were significantly less activated (p = 0.006). Differences in activation by condition severity and age were revealed.
This study provides insight to the activation of UK workers with long-term conditions. Whilst workers with mental health conditions need more training and education to self-manage, workers are variably activated indicating broader support needs. There is a gap for workplace self-management support. The patient activation measure is used in healthcare to improve people’s self-management and should be considered to be included in the workplace, and could form part of interventions to support workers self-management. More rigorous studies, including the patient activation measure, are needed to identify the best approaches to identifying workers self-management support needs.
The broader PhD study was financially funded by Thrings LLP, a UK legal services firm. The research was supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Leicester Biomedical Research Centre which is a partnership between University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Loughborough University and University of Leicester.
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