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Peer support telephone calls for improving health

Creator:

Dale, J. Caramlau, I. O., Lindenmeyer, A. and Williams, S. M.1

Subject Keywords: Review of the effects of peer support telephone calls on physical and psychological health and on health behaviours
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Diabetes
Mental Health
Chronic Conditions
Type: Article
Region: International (other)
Description:

Peer support telephone calls have been used for a wide range of health-related concerns. However, little is known about their effects. Objectives To assess the effects of peer support telephone calls in terms of physical (e.g. blood pressure), psychological (e.g. depressive symptoms), and behavioural health outcomes (e.g. uptake of mammography) and other outcomes. Randomised controlled trials of peer support interventions delivered by telephone call were used. The authors included seven studies involving 2492 participants. Peer support telephone calls were associated with an increase in mammography screening, with 49% of women in the intervention group and 34% of women in the control group receiving a mammogram since the start of the intervention (P

12). The peer support intervention significantly decreased depressive symptomatology at the 4-week assessment (odds ratio (OR) 6.23 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.15 to 33.77; P = 0.02)) and 8-week assessment (OR 6.23 (95% CI 1.40 to 27.84; P = 0.01). One study investigated the use of peer support for patients with poorly controlled diabetes. There were no significant differences between groups for self-efficacy, HbA1C, cholesterol level and body mass index.

Date:

08/10/2008

Rights: © The Cochrane Collaboration
Suggested citation:

Dale, J. Caramlau, I. O., Lindenmeyer, A. and Williams, S. M.1. (2008) Peer support telephone calls for improving health [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/4420 [Accessed: 12th November 2019].

  

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