OBJECTIVE: This study explores participants' experience of self-management of dizziness using booklet-based vestibular rehabilitation (VR), with or without expert telephone support.
DESIGN: Semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted.
SETTING: Participants were recruited from primary care practices as part of a large RCT.
PARTICIPANTS: Interviews were carried out with 33 people (10 men and 23 women; age 27-84) self-managing chronic dizziness using booklet-based vestibular rehabilitation, with or without expert telephone support.
RESULTS: Data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. The majority of participants in both groups reported a positive experience of VR therapy, with many participants reporting an improvement in their dizziness symptoms since undertaking the therapy. Participants in the telephone support group felt that a genuine relationship developed between them and their therapist within three short sessions, and described their therapy sessions as reassuring, encouraging and motivational.
CONCLUSIONS: The VR treatment booklet appears to be a valued tool for self-managing chronic dizziness and people appreciate receiving remote telephone support.
TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT00732797.
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- Aged, 80 and over
- Chronic Disease
- Exercise Therapy/methods
- Middle Aged
- Patient Satisfaction
- Qualitative Research
- Self Care/methods
- Social Support