Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World



The Use of the Whole Primary-Care Team, Including CHWs, to Achieve Success in Increasing Colon Cancer Screening Rate

J Healthc Qual. 2016 Mar-Apr;38(2):76-83. [Pubmed Abstract]

The Use of the Whole Primary-Care Team, Including Community Health Workers, to Achieve Success in Increasing Colon Cancer Screening Rate
Arsenault PR, John LS, OʼBrien LM

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, an organization cofounded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has set an aggressive goal to achieve an 80% colon cancer screening rate by the year 2018 to reduce the burden of colon cancer in the United States. This goal is in alignment with the primary care movement to focus on prevention and population health. However, colon cancer screening has been proven as an especially challenging preventive measure to get traction on with patients. Oakland Family Medicine, a medium primary care practice in Maine, has engaged in a quality improvement project to increase the colon cancer screening rates from 28%, when the project started, to 80.3%. To achieve…


Nuevo Amanecer: RCT of a Community-Based, Peer-Delivered Stress Management Intervention for Latinas with Breast Cancer

Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul;105 Suppl 3:e55-63. [Pubmed Abstract]

Nuevo amanecer: results of a randomized controlled trial of a community-based, peer-delivered stress management intervention to improve quality of life in Latinas with breast cancer
Nápoles AM, Ortíz C, Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Gregorich S, Lee HE, Durón Y, McGuire P, Luce J

We evaluated a community-based, translational stress management program to improve health-related quality of life in Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer.

We adapted a cognitive-behavioral stress management program integrating evidence-based and community best practices to address the needs of Latinas with breast cancer. Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer were randomly assigned to an intervention or usual-care control group. Trained peers delivered the 8-week intervention between February 2011 and February 2014. Primary outcomes were breast cancer-specific quality of life and distress, and…


Peer Navigation in African American Breast Cancer Survivors

Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2014 Nov 7;5:131-44. [Pubmed Abstract]

Peer Navigation in African American Breast Cancer Survivors
Mollica MA, Nemeth LS, Newman SD, Mueller M, Sterba K

The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a peer navigation survivorship program for African American (AA) breast cancer survivors (BCS) and its potential effects on selected short-term outcomes according to the Quality of Life Model Applied to Cancer Survivors.

An AA BCS who completed treatment over 1 year prior to the study was trained as a peer navigator (PN), and then paired with AA women completing primary breast cancer treatment (n=4) for 2 months. This mixed-methods, proof of concept study utilized a convergent parallel approach to explore feasibility and investigate whether changes in scores are favorable using interviews and self-administered questionnaires.

Results indicate that the PN intervention was acceptable by…

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