To explore athletes’ perceptions of the factors that they feel may affect their adherence to a physiotherapy intervention.
A qualitative design using semistructured interviews.
Participants were interviewed at home or their athletic club.
8 participants, 5 men and 3 women with a mean age of 30.4 y.
Thematic analysis revealed 2 main categories of themes. The first relates to the athlete’s perceptions of factors affecting his or her own adherence, with themes including the impact of injury, justification of adherence, and strategies used by the patient. The second relates to perceptions of the physiotherapist’s impact on adherence, with themes relating to characteristics of and strategies used by the physiotherapist.
Findings demonstrate the importance of exploring patients’ perceptions of adherence. A number of factors that affect adherence are identified, and strategies that may enhance adherence suggested.
The authors are with the School of Health Science, Southampton University, Southampton, UK.