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Training Diabetes Peer Leaders in the South-Asian Community in Vancouver

Evaluating a diabetes self-management support peer leader training programme for the English- and Punjabi-speaking South-Asian community in Vancouver

Tang TS, Sohal PS, Garg AK

This single-cohort study implemented and evaluated a program that trains peers to deliver a diabetes self-management support program for South-Asian adults with Type 2 diabetes and to assess the perceived efficacy of and satisfaction with this program.

8 South-Asian adults completed a 20-h peer-leader training program conducted over five sessions (4 h per session). The program used multiple instructional methods (quizzes, group brainstorming, skill building, group sharing, role-play and facilitation simulation) and provided communication, facilitation, and behavior change skills training. All 8 participants graduated from the training program and became peer leaders. Satisfaction ratings for program length, balance between content and skills development, and preparation for leading support activities were uniformly high. Ratings for the instructional methods ranged between effective and very effective.

Diabet Med; March 2013 [Full Abstract]

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