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Role of peer support for people with a spinal cord injury

O'Dell, Lindsay; Earle, Sarah; Rixon, Andrew and Davies, Alison (2019). Role of peer support for people with a spinal cord injury. Nursing Standard, 34(4) pp. 69–75.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2018.e10869
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Abstract

Spinal cord injuries can result in significant physiological and psychological challenges for patients. Nurses have an important role in the rehabilitation of people with a spinal cord injury, as does the provision of peer support by people who are 'living well' after experiencing a spinal cord injury.

Aim To explore peer support and whether it can have an effective role in a multidisciplinary team approach to supporting a patient with a spinal cord injury.

Method This was an independent evaluation that used an online survey, a focus group and telephone interviews to elicit the views of respondents about the Spinal Injury Association (SIA) peer support service in England and Wales. There were four groups of respondents: people with a spinal cord injury; their family and friends; peer support officers; and nurse specialists and other healthcare practitioners.

Findings It was identified that peer support officers were valued for their ability to provide a positive role model for people with a spinal cord injury. Healthcare practitioners involved in the care of people with a spinal cord injury also appreciated the training and support they received from peer support officers.

Conclusion This evaluation demonstrated that peer support officers were regarded as an important element of a multidisciplinary team approach to managing the care of those who had experienced a spinal cord injury. Peer support officers were also considered a valuable source of information and education, particularly for healthcare practitioners working in settings where spinal cord injury was not a common presentation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 RCN Publishing Company Limited
ISSN: 2047-9018
Keywords: holistic care; multidisciplinary teams; neurology; peer support; professional issues; research; teamwork
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 58283
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Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 12:54
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2019 10:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58283
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