An Intervention for Pulmonary Rehabilitators to Develop a Social Identity for Patients Attending Exercise Rehabilitation: A Feasibility and Pilot Randomised Control Trial Protocol

Andy Levy, B. Matata, S Pilsworth, A. McGonigle, L. Wigelsworth, L. Jones, N. Pott, M. Bettany, Adrian Midgley

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Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a degenerative condition that can impair health related quality of life (HRQoL). A number of self-management interventions, employing a variety of behavioural change techniques (BCTs), have been adopted to improve HRQoL for COPD patients. However, a lack of attention has been given to group management interventions with an emphasis on incorporating BCTs into rehabilitators practice. This study aims to pilot and feasibly explore a social identity group- management intervention, delivered by COPD rehabilitation staff to patients attending exercise pulmonary rehabilitation. Doing so will help inform the plausibility of the intervention before conducting a full trial to evaluate its effectiveness to improve HRQoL. Methods: This is a two center, randomized cross-over controlled trial. Two pulmonary rehabilitation centres based in the UK will be randomly allocated to two treatment arms (standard care and intervention). Outcome measurements relating to HRQoL and social identity will be completed pre and post exercise rehabilitation. Focus group interviews will be conducted at the end of exercise rehabilitation to capture participants’ contextualised experiences of the intervention. COPD rehabilitators will undertake semi-structured interviews at the end of the trial to garner their holistic perspectives of intervention fidelity and implementation. Discussion: This is the first study to adopt a social identity approach to develop a rehabilitator-led, group management intervention for COPD patients attending exercise pulmonary rehabilitation. The results of this study will provide evidence for the feasibility and sample size requirements to inform a larger study, which can ascertain the intervention’s effectiveness for improving HRQoL for COPD patients. Trial Registration: Identifier: NCT02288039. Date 31st October 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalPilot and Feasibility Studies
Issue number40
Early online date27 Jan 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jan 2018



  • COPD
  • group intervention
  • identity
  • quality of life

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