by Dr. Emma Healey, Research Fellow
Dr John McBeth and his team here in the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University are keen to help older people (age 65 or over) with chronic musculoskeletal pain to become more active. They want to make it easier for people in this age group to reduce their pain and also improve their overall health. And the key is…walking.
Over the last 12 months the team has completed the first phase of the iPOPP study, where they worked closely with older patients who suffer with chronic pain and healthcare professionals to develop a simple, brief walking intervention specifically for this group. A comprehensive training package for local Health Care Assistants, who will deliver this intervention in primary care, was put together incorporating this work.
The second phase of the study is a pilot randomised controlled trial which will try out the iPOPP walking intervention delivered by Health Care Assistants in GP practices and assess its feasibility and acceptability to older people with chronic pain. The pilot trial is due to begin soon in a small number of practices in Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Read more about the iPOPP study in this Arthritis Research UK article