Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

Special Populations

7.10.19

Effectiveness of the NAMI Homefront Program for Military and Veteran Families: In-Person and Online Benefits

Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Jul 5. [Pubmed Abstract]

Haselden M, Brister T, Robinson S, Covell N, Pauselli L, Dixon L

Objective
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of Homefront, a six-session, peer-taught family education program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), delivered in person or online, for families or support persons of military service members or of veterans with mental illness.

Methods
Program participants completed online surveys at baseline, at the end of the program (postprogram), and at 3-month follow-up, which measured subjective empowerment, burden, coping, psychological distress, family functioning, experience of caregiving, and knowledge of mental illness. A mixed-effects model examined change over time.

Results
A total of 119 individuals (in person, N=63 [53%]; online, N=56 [47%]) enrolled. Participants showed statistically significant improvement on all dimensions between baseline, postprogram, and follow-up, except for…

9.27.16

Therapeutic Relationship and Study Adherence in a CHW-Led Intervention

J Community Health. 2016 Jul 23. [Pubmed Abstract]

Therapeutic Relationship and Study Adherence in a Community Health Worker-Led Intervention
Mundorf C, Shankar A, Peng T, Hassan A, Lichtveld MY

Abstract
Community health workers (CHWs) are increasingly utilized to reach low-resource communities. A critical domain influencing success is the CHWs’ ability to create and maintain a therapeutic relationship with the participants they serve. A limited evidence base exists detailing this construct, and evaluating CHW-participant relationships in the context of CHW-led programs. In a longitudinal study design, data on this therapeutic relationship were collected [as captured using The Scale to Assess the Therapeutic Relationship in Community Mental Health Care (STAR)] on 141 participants who had been assigned to a CHW during their perinatal period. Results indicate that therapeutic relationship was associated with the participant’s psychosocial health, and independently predicted…

8.31.16

Quantifying the benefits of peer support for people with dementia: A Social Return on Investment study

Dementia (London). 2016 Mar 24. [Pubmed Abstract]

Quantifying the benefits of peer support for people with dementia: A Social Return on Investment (SROI) study
Willis E, Semple AC, de Waal H

Objective
Peer support for people with dementia and carers is routinely advocated in national strategies and policy as a post-diagnostic intervention. However there is limited evidence to demonstrate the value these groups offer. This study looked at three dementia peer support groups in South London to evaluate what outcomes they produce and how much social value they create in relation to the cost of investment.

Methods
A Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis was undertaken, which involves collecting data on the inputs, outputs and outcomes of an intervention, which are put into a formula, the end result being a SROI ratio showing how much social value is created per £1 of investment.

Results
Findings showed the three groups created social value ranging from £1.17 to…

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