What is the idea behind peer-to-peer support in diabetes?

Simmons, D., Bunn, C. , Cohn, S. and Graffy, J. (2013) What is the idea behind peer-to-peer support in diabetes? Diabetes Management, 3(1), pp. 61-70. (doi:10.2217/dmt.12.80)

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Abstract

Peer support has been proposed as a means of improving the physical and mental health of people with diabetes, but what is ‘peer support’? A literature review revealed that use of the term is a recent phenomenon that has gained momentum over the last two decades and refers to a plethora of interventions. Two dimensions are apparent: the nature of the support given (lying between instructing and confounding) and the interpersonal relationship created (lying between paraprofessional and companion). There is a clear tendency to confuse peer support with educational or self-management programs, and tension exists where imposed structures can inhibit the inherently unstructured nature of peer support. However, peer support can act as a useful adjuvant to service provision, providing that the flexibility inherent in allowing patients to negotiate the meaning of their experiences together is maintained.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bunn, Dr Christopher
Authors: Simmons, D., Bunn, C., Cohn, S., and Graffy, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Diabetes Management
Publisher:Future Medicine
ISSN:1758-1907
ISSN (Online):1758-1915

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