Processes of Change in an Asthma Self-Care Intervention
Qualitative Health Research
In this article, we present a qualitative exploration of the psychological and communication processes that occur within an intervention to improve self-care for people with asthma. In the context of a primary-care-based trial of the intervention, we collected data at three time points for 21 patients, comprising 2 audiotaped consultations (nurse and patient together) and individual semistructured interviews 3 months after the second consultation. Using framework analysis, we identified both psychological processes (illness understanding, affective response to asthma, and reasoned motivation) and patientGÇôprovider interactions (active patient involvement and individual tailoring). We use these findings to extend and refine the pre-existing theoretical model of behavior change underpinning the intervention, in particular with relation to patientGÇôprovider interaction processes. We conclude that it is important for developers and providers of asthma self-care interventions to attend to the style of delivery as well as the behavior change techniques involved.
The final version of this paper has been published in Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 23 (10), October 2013 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © It is available at: http://qhr.sagepub.com/content/23/10/1419.long
Qualitative Health Research, 2013, Vol. 23, Issue 10, pp. 1419 - 1429