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Diabetes Educ. 2011 Jan-Feb;37(1):67-77. doi: 10.1177/0145721710387308. Epub 2011 Jan 10.

The development of a pilot training program for peer leaders in diabetes: process and content.

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The University of Michigan Department of Medical Education, University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center; Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School and Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The goal of this study is to describe the process of developing a program that trains peers to facilitate an empowerment-based diabetes self-management support intervention.

METHODS:

To guide and advise the development process, the authors formed a peer leader training action committee. The committee was an interdisciplinary group (principal investigator, nurse-certified diabetes educators, dietitian-certified diabetes educators, nutritionist, physician, and 3 community members) that met every 3 months over a 1-year period for continuous quality improvement meetings. During meetings, the committee reviewed and supervised the curriculum development, provided feedback, and informed modifications and improvements.

RESULTS:

The resulting peer leader training program is a 46-hour program with 2 training sessions conducted per week over a 12-week period. The competency-based training program is based on the theory of experiential learning, and it consists of 3 major components--namely, building a diabetes-related knowledge base, developing skills (communication, facilitation, and behavior change), and applying skills in experiential settings. All components are integrated within each training session using a range of instructional methods, including group brainstorming, group sharing, role-play, peer leader simulations, and group facilitation simulations.

CONCLUSION:

Through the process described above, the authors developed a training program that equips peer leaders with the knowledge and skills to facilitate empowerment-based diabetes self-management support interventions. Future directions include conducting and evaluating the peer training program.

PMID:
21220362
PMCID:
PMC4117387
DOI:
10.1177/0145721710387308
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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