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Table 5 Consensus building workshop results

From: Using intervention mapping to develop a theory-driven, group-based complex intervention to support self-management of osteoarthritis and low back pain (SOLAS)

Points for consensus Votes in favoura Resulting actions
Do you agree that a 6-week programme with weekly sessions of 1.5 h is feasible in your service area? 8/9
88.9 %
Programme structure (6 weekly sessions, 1.5 h per session) was adopted
Do you agree that the proposed group class structure and size (stop/start programme with 6–8 participants at week 1) is feasible for the purposes of the trial in your service area?
Site A
Concern over the lone worker and staff: client ratio
Query students required for assistance with high risk patient group
Site B
We would prefer 8 = 12 with 2 physios. Will be running class in community centre. Want 2 physios for flexibility to keep running in case of absence
77.8 %
Concerns of one site re lone worker addressed by provision of second support worker which raised agreement threshold to 88.9 %
Do you agree that a minimum age of 45 years for inclusion in the trial programme is feasible in your service area? 8/9
88.9 %
Minimum age limit of 45 years was adopted.
Do you agree that the following administrative procedures related to participant recruitment are feasible for your physiotherapy team:
Raise awareness of the feasibility trial amongst primary care teams 8/9
88.9 %
HSE community managers/physiotherapists will raise awareness of the trial at primary care team meetings or in correspondence.
Identify suitable referrals (i.e. screen referral letters and wait list) for the feasibility trial 9/9
100 %
HSE community physiotherapists will screen the referral letters and waiting list to support recruitment by identifying potentially eligible clients.
Send standard invitation letter with added description of the feasibility trial and invitation for client to contact the study team 9/9
100 %
The PCCC physiotherapist will send invitation letters to clients, which describes the study and invites interested clients to contact the UCD research team. Admin support will be provided by the UCD research team to support this aspect of recruitment.
See patients for 15 min post eligibility screening for patient education concerning the pathophysiology of their condition. 3/9
33.3 %
PCCC physiotherapists agree that the assessment by the UCD research physiotherapist is sufficient to allow access to the group. The 15-min post eligibility screening for patient education was not considered feasible by the PCCC physiotherapists. Education on pathophysiology will be incorporated into the intervention.
Do you agree that it is feasible to have one physiotherapist deliver each group within the intervention in your service area for the purposes of the trial and to agree the role of any additional support staff with the research team in advance of your participation in the trial? 9/9
100 %
It was agreed that one physiotherapist would deliver all components of the group. A second person could play a supportive role where required for reasons of safety. This second person could be a physiotherapist, student, fitness instructor or other healthcare professional. The role of this second person must be agreed with the research team in advance of participation in the trial.
Do you agree that is it feasible for physiotherapists in your service area to allocate time to participate in 1.5 days of training (as outlined), plus a 2-h site visit in advance of your participation in the trial? 9/9
100 %
The training plan was agreed and adopted.
  1. aAn a priori definition of consensus was established as 80 % of the vote in favour of any issue (e.g. 8/9 local health areas had to vote in favour)