Celebrating the impact of health research: success stories in arthritis – long description

Figure 1: Flow diagram of the peer support intervention design

The peer support intervention design flow diagram has 4 main parts:

  1. Peer mentor training
    1. recruitment of peer mentors which includes training them to:
      1. observe
      2. assess
      3. feedback
      4. retrain
      5. reinforce
  2. Peer mentoring program
    1. recruitment of persons with early inflammatory arthritis (EIA) who receive one-on-one peer support and training to:
      1. observe
      2. assess
      3. feedback
      4. retrain
      5. reinforce
  3. Short-term outcomes
    1. improved treatment (DMARD) adherence
    2. increased self-efficacy
    3. increased health-related quality of life
    4. increased social support
    5. improved self-management
    6. improved coping efficacy
    7. decreased anxiety
    8. decreased disease activity
  4. Long-term outcomes
    1. improved health outcomes
    2. enhanced health & well-being
    3. transition of EIA participant to peer mentors which creates sustainability by feeding back into the beginning of the peer support intervention design – the recruitment of peer mentors

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