Other specific long term conditions and health concerns

Online support community for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer: user statistics, evaluation. Kaal SE, Husson O, van Dartel F, Hermans K, Jansen R, Manten-Horst E, Servaes P, van de Belt TH, Engelen LJ, Prins JB, Verberne S, van der Graaf WT.

Many young Dutch people with cancer are unable to meet their peers face to face.  An online peer support community was set up to connect peer who could share and exchange their experiences.

Evidence For Peer Support In Rehabilitation For Individuals With Acquired Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Wobma R, Nijland RH, Ket JC, Kwakkel G. J. Rehabil Med 2016;48(10):837-840.

Which type of peer support is most effective when dealing with an acquired brain injury?   This journal outlines many examples and their merits.

Development And Delivery Of A Diverse Peer Support Programme For Renal Service Users, Their Family And Carers: An Action Research Collaboration.

What happens when a hospital implements a peer support programme for patients with kidney failure?  This paper looks into how effective this peer support programme was and makes recommendations for developing further.

Peer Support And Psychosocial Pain Management Strategies For Children With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus : Nabors L, Ige TJ, Fevrier B : J Immunol Res 2015;2015:238263.

This article describes peer support for children with a specific long-term condition. It gives a case study of how a programme was set up, piloted and expanded and factors that others may wish to take into account when expanding to provide peer support for children.

Peer Housing Support Program

The Peer Housing Support Program is a Lived Experience community-driven initiative, dedicated to providing support with, and a sense of community and belonging for, people transitioning from experiences of homelessness to safe and stable housing of their choice. The Peer Housing Support Program is a partnership between peers, peer supporters, the Coalition, and participating housing organizations. The effectiveness of peer support in recovery-informed practice is evidence-based as an integral support within health and social services.

Peer support for diabetes, heart disease and HIV/AIDS: a review of the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and guidelines

This resource summarises literature about the effectiveness of difference types of peer support for people with various long-term conditions. It includes examples and guidelines / tips to gain good outcomes from peer support.

Cancer support groups: a guide to setting up and maintaining a group

This report is for people interested in leading face-to-face cancer support groups and established group leaders. It aims to help people to think about community needs for cancer support groups, determine a group’s purpose and format, learn how to form, run and maintain a face-to-face group, learn how to promote a group to the community, review how things are done, deal with challenges that may come up, and reinvigorate or close a struggling group.

Evaluating peer programs

These slides from a webinar set out a step by step guide on how to evaluate a peer support project using case studies to illustrate how the process works. The slides also show the importance of evaluating peer support, the components of an evaluation plan for peer programmes, tools to help measure peer services and ways to share evaluation findings.

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