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Monitoring the dissemination of peer support in the VA Healthcare System.

Barber JA, Rosenheck RA, Armstrong M, Resnick SG. Monitoring the dissemination of peer support in the VA Healthcare System. Community mental health journal. 2008 Dec 1; 44(6):433-41.

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This study illustrates a monitoring system for peer support programs, focusing on Vet-to-Vet, a program for veterans with chronic psychiatric disorders. The sample consisted of 1,847 anonymous surveys from 38 veteran peer support programs. Program satisfaction and recovery orientation were positively associated with duration and frequency of participation in peer support. Program satisfaction was also associated with the Vet-to-Vet model and location at a VA medical center (vs. other model and location types). Payment for peer facilitators was positively associated with recovery orientation, spirituality, and engagement in meaningful activity. Additional research using experimental design methods is needed to determine the impact of peer support on mental health outcomes.

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