Background: Patients with osteoporosis are expected to be actively involved in preventing disease development. Multifaceted osteoporosis group education (GE) is one way of providing health education to patients with osteoporosis. Little is known about how and to what extent patients with osteoporosis implement the bone healthy lifestyles that they learned by attending multifaceted GE. The purpose of this study was to investigate if and how patients implemented the learned from attending multifaceted GE into their daily lives.
Methods: Fourteen women and three men diagnosed with osteoporosis participated. An interpretive description design using ethnographic field study was applied. Data consisted of participant observation in the participants daily lives after they had completed GE and individual interviews before and 6-9 month after GE.
Results: After attending multifaceted GE, participants experienced enhanced attention and reflections about implementing osteoporosis preventive actions. Participants who felt secure in how to act and experienced a clear need and motivation, or who could make the action into a social event, demonstrated increased implementation of the preventive action. However, social and physical concerns, together with personal needs, prevented participants from implementing preventive actions.
Conclusions: Attending multifaceted GE can support participants in general. Furthermore, the many individual solutions and sharing of knowledge can improve patients transfer of preventive actions.
Disclosure: The authors declared no competing interests. This work was supported by the Danish National Osteoporosis Society.