Voluntary Organizations and Community Groups as New Partners in Diabetes Self-management and Education
The purpose of this study is to critically review the literature on the role and work of voluntary organizations
and community groups and volunteers in diabetes self management programs. It seeks to explain how these
organizations are located and could be integrated further within a broader system of support
Social support systems as determinants of self-management and quality of life of people with diabetes across Europe
Long-term conditions pose major challenges for healthcare systems. Optimizing self-management of
people with long-term conditions is an important strategy to improve quality of life, health outcomes, patient
experiences in healthcare, and the sustainability of healthcare systems. Much research on self-management focuses on individual competencies, while the social systems of support that facilitate self-management are underexplored. The presented study aims to explore the role of social systems of support for self-management and quality of life, focusing on the social networks of people with diabetes and community organisations that serve them.
This is a presentation from 2012 SBM conference where John Elder, Co-Investigator of the Peers for Progress-Imperial County project provides commentary on the topic of organization homes and their impact on the sustainability of peer support programs.