December 15, 2019

The Role and Value of Ongoing and Peer Support in Diabetes Care and Education

As a champion for the role and value of peer support for people with diabetes and their caregivers for nearly a decade, I lead a group of fellow advocates, clinicians and/or peer support researchers to write this article published as a Perspectives in Practice publication by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES), formerly AADE. The paper defines various types of social support and reviews the body of evidence to date on how peer support positively improves clinical and behavioral outcomes for people with diabetes. The paper guides healthcare providers on how to refer people with diabetes and their caregivers to peer support and offers several resources. It is free to ADCES members and available for a fee to non-members. If you have trouble accessing the publication, feel free to contact me.