Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

Sustainability of Diabetes Peer Support in South Africa

A Peers for Progress Grantee Project: Mobile Diabetes Peer Support

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, PhD and colleagues examined the feasibility of mobile peer support as part of a multi component intervention for women with diabetes in Cape Town, South Africa. Program participants were linked with a buddy via mobile phones and received daily questions about health behaviors in addition to attending 12 weekly psychoeducational sessions. The response rate for the daily text questions was 29%. Additionally, the program had encouraging results for sustainability with all participants maintaining contact with group leaders one year later.

Diabetes Educ, April 2012 [Full abstract]



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