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Community Ment Health J. 2018 Nov;54(8):1127-1135. doi: 10.1007/s10597-018-0320-2. Epub 2018 Aug 14.

From Physical Wellness to Cultural Brokering: Unpacking the Roles of Peer Providers in Integrated Health Care Settings.

Author information

1
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0622, La Jolla, CA, 92093-0901, USA. esiantz@ucsd.edu.
2
Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, 1149 S. Hill St., 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90026, USA.
3
Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, SSB 302M 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus, Los Angeles, USA.

Abstract

This qualitative study explored peer provider experiences working in newly integrated mental health and primary care pilot programs within a large public mental health system. Nineteen peer providers participated in semistructured interviews that focused on experiences delivering care within integrated teams. Interviews were analyzed using constant comparative methods informed by grounded theory. Findings were organized into three themes that speak to variation in the definition and function of peers; lack of clarity in the peer role; and relating to other providers. Integrated settings need ongoing support to ensure clarity in the peer role and an inclusive work environment.

KEYWORDS:

Integrated care; Integrated health teams; Peer providers

PMID:
30109582
PMCID:
PMC6202154
[Available on 2019-11-01]
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-018-0320-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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