The views of people with joint hypermobility syndrome on its impact, management and the use of patient-reported outcome measures. A thematic analysis of open-ended questionnaire responses

Shea Palmer, Keely Bridgeman, Isabelle Di Pierro, Rosanna Jones, Caitlin Phillips, Megan Wilson

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Abstract

Introduction: Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) has been reported to have widespread impacts on people with the condition. However, our understanding of those impacts is still developing and we do not know if they can be captured effectively using patient-reported outcome measures. The aim of the present study was to explore written qualitative comments from previously administered questionnaires, to identify the impacts of JHS and any issues related to using patient-reported outcome measures to assess those impacts. Methods: Previous research administered a draft condition-specific questionnaire and Short Form-36 questionnaire to adult members of a patient organization in the UK, incorporating an open text box for further comments. Those comments were transcribed, anonymized and analysed using thematic analysis. A coding list, themes and subthemes were developed through double coding, parallel independent analysis and consensus. Results: A total of 393 of 614 eligible questionnaires (64%) contained qualitative comments and were analysed (mean respondent age 41 years, mean Bristol Impact of Hypermobility questionnaire score 228/360, 95% women). Three main themes were identified: (a) “Impacts of living with JHS”; (b) “Management strategies for JHS”; and (c) “Measurement and research into JHS”. Participants highlighted a range of impacts of JHS, incorporating physical, social and psychological domains. Respondents described difficult journeys to diagnosis, and feeling unsupported and misunderstood by their peers and healthcare professionals. They detailed helpful strategies for managing their condition and provided useful comments on using questionnaires to assess JHS. Conclusions: The study yielded valuable findings that can be used to directly inform the assessment and management of JHS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalMusculoskeletal Care
Volume17
Issue number2
Early online date22 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Palmer, S, Bridgeman, K, Di Pierro, I, Jones, R, Phillips, C & Wilson, M 2019, 'The views of people with joint hypermobility syndrome on its impact, management and the use of patient-reported outcome measures. A thematic analysis of open-ended questionnaire responses', Musculoskeletal Care, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 183-193 which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/msc.1387. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Funder

North Bristol NHS Trust Flexibility & Sustainability Fund and from the University of the West of England

Keywords

  • hypermobility
  • joint
  • patient reported outcome measures
  • qualitative research
  • surveys and questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Chiropractics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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