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Focus on Peer Support

Focus on Peer Support PEER SUPPORT ps Peer support communities offer an outlet of support for the day-to-day challenges of managing diabetes. Through this focus on peer support, you will gain insight into this valuable tool and find ways to incorporate it into your practice. The Missing Link? Tamara K. Oser, M.D. generate the evidence that peer support matters. As medical professionals, the following can be opportunities to “What doctors overlook is how important it is to simply have share and learn from the benefits of peer support. emotional support, to know they aren’t alone, which inspires people 1. Blogs from people with diabetes provide a glimpse into our to take care of themselves.” patients’ lives in unique ways that may very likely not occur As medical professionals, we may be experts in certain realms during their encounters with the medical team. They are of diabetes, but our patients are the experts in living with diabetes. available any time and can be a great place for healthcare Unless we live with diabetes ourselves, we cannot truly appreciate professionals to begin to explore the wealth of information what it is like to manage the many aspects of diabetes 24/7/365. And available in online peer support communities. They can provide every person’s experience is not the same. We may also not be best a better understanding what living with diabetes outside of the suited to be able to offer the sustained support so crucial to helping walls of the clinical encounter consists of. Six Until Me was one our patients with diabetes thrive. of the original diabetes blogs, and there are now hundreds of As a family physician, I care for many patients with diabetes. At others. Consider observing the weekly #dsma twitter chat to times, when juggling exam findings, lab values, medication refills, learn more about the daily realities of living with diabetes. prior authorizations, and the many other components of providing SAGE 2. If you educate learners, incorporate online peer support care, it can be easy to forget to think about the emotional burden communities as an opportunity for medical learning beyond that living with diabetes may present. As healthcare professionals, the boundaries of the classroom. This can be a way to help we may not be aware of “tips and tricks” that help individuals thrive learners gain a deeper understanding of, empathy for, and with diabetes and can only be learned from lived experience. insight into the lives of individuals with diabetes. While we were Deep Backlfi e I have learned this firsthand as both my husband and daughter at Penn State College of Medicine, together we designed and live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I have seen the many positive taught a popular elective, but one might also consider asking impacts their peer support communities have had on their diabetes Deep Backfile for SAGE’s peer-reviewed scholarly journals are available in a wide learners to identify an online peer support resource that they management, emotional well-being, and helping them to know would feel comfortable referring patients to and implementing range of subject areas including business, humanities, social science, and science, that they are not alone. Through peer support communities, they this into their care. Consider providing the ADCES handout have learned critical pieces of diabetes management that were technology and medicine. “Learn, Connect, Engage,” available at DiabetesEducator.org/ never discussed in any medical encounters. I’ve seen the benefits of PeerSupportforHCP, to learners and encourage them to explore peer support for my T1D daughter’s twin sister. She has been able the included resources to increase their comfort in referring • Deep Backlfi e of over 620 journals • Coverage back to volume 1, issue 1, through to better support her sister and father as a result of the support she their own patients to peer support communities as they has received herself—most prominently through the organization the last issue of 1998 • More than 931,000 articles become independent medical professionals. Children with Diabetes and their wonderful sibling program. I am • Content ownership of purchased content 3. Refer patients to online peer support communities, and when • Lease and purchase of one entire deep a better wife and mother to people with diabetes because of peer you see them back for follow-up, ask them how it went and support. Being able to talk and learn from others who also support backle fi or individual titles available for • Journal Backlfi e articles posted in PDF what they learned. Encourage open dialogue and create a people with diabetes has helped our family thrive with diabetes. individual libraries and library consortia format with xml-based headers, abstracts safe space to discuss any potential medical misinformation Learning from others living with diabetes has helped me become a and references together. better physician. Peer support can be a crucial part of managing diabetes and 4. Don’t forget that peer support can be valuable for family is associated with positive impacts on clinical and behavioral members and care partners. For more information, contact your Library Sales Manager or email librarymktg@sagepub.com outcomes. Based on our family’s anecdotal experiences, my husband We have the opportunity to become better healthcare (also a family physician) and I decided that as researchers, we professionals if we take the time to learn from patients’ lived wanted to know more about the pros and cons of peer support experiences. People with diabetes often do best with access to and to move beyond the concerns that some have around the multidisciplinary teams. Peers can be highly valuable members of safety of peers supporting one another to see how safe or unsafe that team, and the support they provide may prove to be a missing the information they share actually is. In so doing, we have helped link in providing the best care for our patients with diabetes. journals.sagepub.com 68 // ADCES IN PRACTICE // May 2021 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ADCES in Practice SAGE

Focus on Peer Support

ADCES in Practice , Volume 9 (3): 1 – May 1, 2021

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© 2021 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
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2633-5603
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PEER SUPPORT ps Peer support communities offer an outlet of support for the day-to-day challenges of managing diabetes. Through this focus on peer support, you will gain insight into this valuable tool and find ways to incorporate it into your practice. The Missing Link? Tamara K. Oser, M.D. generate the evidence that peer support matters. As medical professionals, the following can be opportunities to “What doctors overlook is how important it is to simply have share and learn from the benefits of peer support. emotional support, to know they aren’t alone, which inspires people 1. Blogs from people with diabetes provide a glimpse into our to take care of themselves.” patients’ lives in unique ways that may very likely not occur As medical professionals, we may be experts in certain realms during their encounters with the medical team. They are of diabetes, but our patients are the experts in living with diabetes. available any time and can be a great place for healthcare Unless we live with diabetes ourselves, we cannot truly appreciate professionals to begin to explore the wealth of information what it is like to manage the many aspects of diabetes 24/7/365. And available in online peer support communities. They can provide every person’s experience is not the same. We may also not be best a better understanding what living with diabetes outside of the suited to be able to offer the sustained support so crucial to helping walls of the clinical encounter consists of. Six Until Me was one our patients with diabetes thrive. of the original diabetes blogs, and there are now hundreds of As a family physician, I care for many patients with diabetes. At others. Consider observing the weekly #dsma twitter chat to times, when juggling exam findings, lab values, medication refills, learn more about the daily realities of living with diabetes. prior authorizations, and the many other components of providing SAGE 2. If you educate learners, incorporate online peer support care, it can be easy to forget to think about the emotional burden communities as an opportunity for medical learning beyond that living with diabetes may present. As healthcare professionals, the boundaries of the classroom. This can be a way to help we may not be aware of “tips and tricks” that help individuals thrive learners gain a deeper understanding of, empathy for, and with diabetes and can only be learned from lived experience. insight into the lives of individuals with diabetes. While we were Deep Backlfi e I have learned this firsthand as both my husband and daughter at Penn State College of Medicine, together we designed and live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I have seen the many positive taught a popular elective, but one might also consider asking impacts their peer support communities have had on their diabetes Deep Backfile for SAGE’s peer-reviewed scholarly journals are available in a wide learners to identify an online peer support resource that they management, emotional well-being, and helping them to know would feel comfortable referring patients to and implementing range of subject areas including business, humanities, social science, and science, that they are not alone. Through peer support communities, they this into their care. Consider providing the ADCES handout have learned critical pieces of diabetes management that were technology and medicine. “Learn, Connect, Engage,” available at DiabetesEducator.org/ never discussed in any medical encounters. I’ve seen the benefits of PeerSupportforHCP, to learners and encourage them to explore peer support for my T1D daughter’s twin sister. She has been able the included resources to increase their comfort in referring • Deep Backlfi e of over 620 journals • Coverage back to volume 1, issue 1, through to better support her sister and father as a result of the support she their own patients to peer support communities as they has received herself—most prominently through the organization the last issue of 1998 • More than 931,000 articles become independent medical professionals. Children with Diabetes and their wonderful sibling program. I am • Content ownership of purchased content 3. Refer patients to online peer support communities, and when • Lease and purchase of one entire deep a better wife and mother to people with diabetes because of peer you see them back for follow-up, ask them how it went and support. Being able to talk and learn from others who also support backle fi or individual titles available for • Journal Backlfi e articles posted in PDF what they learned. Encourage open dialogue and create a people with diabetes has helped our family thrive with diabetes. individual libraries and library consortia format with xml-based headers, abstracts safe space to discuss any potential medical misinformation Learning from others living with diabetes has helped me become a and references together. better physician. Peer support can be a crucial part of managing diabetes and 4. Don’t forget that peer support can be valuable for family is associated with positive impacts on clinical and behavioral members and care partners. For more information, contact your Library Sales Manager or email librarymktg@sagepub.com outcomes. Based on our family’s anecdotal experiences, my husband We have the opportunity to become better healthcare (also a family physician) and I decided that as researchers, we professionals if we take the time to learn from patients’ lived wanted to know more about the pros and cons of peer support experiences. People with diabetes often do best with access to and to move beyond the concerns that some have around the multidisciplinary teams. Peers can be highly valuable members of safety of peers supporting one another to see how safe or unsafe that team, and the support they provide may prove to be a missing the information they share actually is. In so doing, we have helped link in providing the best care for our patients with diabetes. journals.sagepub.com 68 // ADCES IN PRACTICE // May 2021

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