Table 1

Structure, content and samples of Self-Management of Osteoarthritis and Low back pain through Activities and Skills (SOLAS) intervention

Session numberSelf-management behaviours/skills targetedSession section (intended duration)Session category and component example*
1
  • Physical activity

  • Goal-setting

Education (45 min)
  • Materials

    • Provide participant handbook

  • Introduction and review

    • Introduce programme aims

  • Education

    • Provide information on benefits of exercise/physical activity

  • Review and planning

    • Review of SOLAS programme and activity levels

Exercise (45 min)
  • Exercise

    • Demonstrate protocol exercises

2
  • Pacing (balancing activity/rest)

  • Physical activity

  • Goal-setting

Education (45 min)
  • Materials

    • Offer pedometers

  • Introduction and review

    • Review of previous week activities

  • Education

    • Provide information on activity–rest cycle and pacing

  • Review and planning

    • Review of session and goal-setting

Exercise (45 min)
  • Exercise

    • Provide opportunity for participants to practice exercises

3
  • Balanced weight/ healthy diet

  • Physical activity

  • Goal-setting

Education (45 min)
  • Materials

    • Offer tape measures

  • Introduction and review

    • Review of previous session action plan

  • Education

    • Provide information on balanced weight and healthy eating

  • Review and planning

    • Review of session and goal-setting

Exercise (45 min)
  • Exercise

    • Provide opportunity for participants to practice exercises

4
  • Managing pain with pain relief

  • Physical activity

  • Goal-setting

Education (45 min)
  • Materials

    • N/A

  • Introduction and review

    • Mid-way review

  • Education

    • Provide information on pain management with ice/heat

  • Review and planning

    • Review of session and goal-setting

Exercise (45 min)
  • Exercise

    • Provide opportunity for participants to practice exercises

5
  • Managing mood (with relaxation)

  • Physical activity

  • Goal-setting

Education (45 min)
  • Materials

    • Offer relaxation CD-ROM

  • Introduction and review

    • Review of previous session action plan

  • Education

    • Provide information on recognising and managing flare-ups

  • Review and planning

    • Review of session and goal-setting

Exercise (45 min)
  • Exercise

    • Provide opportunity for participants to practice exercises

6
  • Long-term management

  • Physical activity

  • Goal-setting

Education (45 min)
  • Materials

    • Offer ‘local resources to support physical activity’ leaflet

  • Introduction and review

    • Review of previous session action plan

  • Education

    • Provide information on local resources and supports

  • Review and planning

    • Long-term goal setting and action planning

Exercise (45 min)
  • Exercise

    • Provide opportunity for participants to practice exercises