Lavender, EC, Dusabe-Richards, E, Anderson, AM, Antcliff, D, McGowan, L, Conaghan, PG, Kingsbury, SR and McHugh, GA (2022) Exploring the feasibility, acceptability and value of volunteer peer mentors in supporting self-management of osteoarthritis: a qualitative evaluation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 44 (21). 6314 - 6324. ISSN 0963-8288

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Hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) affect a large and growing proportion of the population. Treatment options are typically conservative making self-management a priority. Using trained peers to support individuals with OA has potential to improve self-management.

To explore the process of engaging and training volunteers to become peer mentors; and to qualitatively evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and value of being a peer mentor to support others’ self-management of OA.

Materials and methods
A qualitative evaluation of a peer mentorship support intervention reporting the processes of recruitment and training; and semi-structured interviews conducted with nine active peer mentors. Transcribed interviews were coded and analysed using framework analysis.

It was possible to recruit, train and retain volunteers with OA to become peer mentors. The peer mentors benefitted from their training and felt equipped to deliver the intervention. They enjoyed social elements of the mentorship intervention and gained satisfaction through delivering valued support to mentees. Peer mentors perceived the mentorship intervention to have a positive impact on self-management of OA for mentees.

Training volunteers with OA to become peer mentors was feasible and acceptable. Peer mentors perceived their support benefitted others with OA. They positively rated their experience of providing mentorship support.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: �2021The Author(s).Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor& Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the CreativeCommonsAttributionLicense(,whichpermitsunrestricteduse,distribution,and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC925 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 14:37
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2022 14:37

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