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© 2015, BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. 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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007680

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMJ Open

Publication Date

01/01/2015

Volume

5