The role of intrinsic motivation in a group of low vision patients participating in a self-management programme to enhance self-efficacy and quality of life

Authors

  • Kay Chai Peter Tay BA (Psych),

    Research Assistant, Student, Corresponding author
    1. Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    2. Psychology Department, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University, Singapore
    • Correspondence: Kay Chai Peter Tay, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore, Level 2, Clinical Research Centre, Block MD11, 10 Medical Drive, Singapore 117597, Singapore. Email: peter.tay.research@gmail.com

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  • Vicki Blair Drury PhD MClNsg,

    Visiting Senior Research Fellow
    1. National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Educare Consulting, Australia
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  • Sandra Mackey PhD BN (Hons)

    Senior Lecturer
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Abstract

Self-management programmes have previously been found to decrease health problems, enhance quality of life and increase independence. However, there is no literature that examines the influence of the participants' intrinsic motivation on the outcomes of such programmes. This study examined the role of intrinsic motivation in a pilot low vision self-management programme to enhance self-efficacy and quality of life of the programme participants. A positive association was observed between the female participants' perceived choice and perceived competence, two underlying dimensions of the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory. In addition, a positive correlation was observed between the younger participants' perceived competence and the change in their quality of life. The findings provide some support for consideration of participants' intrinsic motivation in the development of effective self-management programmes.

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