SOLACE

EEN ONTWERP VOOR GEZOND GEDRAG

TEACHING PATIENTS HOW TO DEAL WITH PAIN COMPLAINTS

Chronic pain is a major, complex, and expensive health problem. One out of five Dutch adults (2.25 million people) wrestle with chronic pain complaints. Rehabilitation is mainly geared towards influencing and changing the patient’s behaviour, so that they can better deal with the pain complaints in their daily lives. The SOLACE research project addresses the problem that some of these patients relapse and begin experiencing pain and limitations after some time.

Rehabilitation centres therefore asked: what is the long-term effect of a chronic pain treatment programme, and can strategies be developed to prevent relapses?

The objective is to develop knowledge and expertise in the field of chronic pain and combine them to help patients to better deal with their pain complaints.

Context

The partners’ clinical chronic pain rehabilitation treatment is mainly geared towards influencing and changing the patient’s behaviour, so that they can better deal with the pain complaints in their daily lives. The patient’s own self-management plays an important role in this process, but care providers have experienced that patients often have difficulty with this in their daily lives. The rehabilitation centres have therefore asked: what is the long-term effect of a chronic pain treatment programme, and can strategies be developed to prevent relapses?

Objective

The specific objectives of the RAAK public research project SOLACE are:

1 To study the long-term effect of a rehabilitation programme.

2 To measure the relapse rate of patients who have undergone rehabilitation treatment.

3 To develop strategies geared towards behavioural maintenance, and

4 To conduct a pilot project to study the effectiveness of the strategy.

During the initial phase of the SOLACE project, the research groups Cross-Media Communications in the Public Domain and CoDesign will be involved in the co-design team, which will design an intervention to prevent relapses after rehabilitation as much as possible. One characteristic of co-design is that the stakeholders – including patients, treating physicians, and researchers – all participate in each phase of the development and design process.

WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT?

Parties involved: Lifestyle and Health research group, CoDesign, PubLab, Adelante rehabilitation centre, Maastricht University Medical Centre, the Royal Netherlands Society for Physiotherapy, and the patient association Pijnpatiënten naar één stem.

Time frame: February 2015 – January 2017

Sander Hermsen, Reint Jan Renes 

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