Accelerating Best Practices in Peer Support Around the World

Peer Supporters and Family Doctors Working Together

How can peer supporters and family physicians work together to improve the health of patients with chronic conditions? In this article from the American Academy of Family Physicians, Michael Laff reports on the complementary role of peer supporters in physician practices.

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Peer support networks can fill in a communication or access gap that sometimes occurs between patients and their family physicians or other health care professionals.

Peer support staff members can include volunteers, community health workers or coaches who are focused on detection, prevention and the behavioral aspects of chronic disease management rather than on treatment.

Studies have found that patients are more likely to speak openly about health concerns with a peer.

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