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Health Education by Peers with Spinal Cord Injury: a Scoping Review

Chaffey, L., Bigby, C.,

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People with spinal cord injury (SCI) have greater health challenges than the general population. Health implications can arise from direct spinal nerve damage, secondary conditions, and the increased likelihood of a sedentary lifestyle. Health education is an important aspect of SCI rehabilitation. Peer education is used in both general health education campaigns and those aimed at people with defined illnesses and disabilities. This scoping review explored existing evidence about the various types and content of health education programs involving peers, aimed at adults with SCI. Half of the 8 studies identified included peer education as one component of a broader program, but despite differing approaches all reported positive participant outcomes. Peer education appears to be a promising approach to assist people with SCI to learn about and manage their health, and positively influence their self-efficacy.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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