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2022 Sep 29

BMJ Open



Protocol for a pragmatic feasibility randomised controlled trial of peer coaching for adults with long-term conditions: PEER CONNECT.


Dennett R, Thompson T, Clyne W, Straukiene A, Davies-Cox H, Hosking J, Bones K, Weight O, Elston J
BMJ Open. 2022 Sep 29; 12(9):e059966.
PMID: 36175099.


Patients with low levels of knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their health and well-being (activation) are more likely to have unmet health needs, delay seeking healthcare and need emergency care. National Health Service England estimates that this may be applicable to 25%-40% of patients with long-term health conditions. Volunteer peer coaching may support people to increase their level of activation. This form of intervention may be particularly effective for people with low levels of activation.