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Peer to Peer Mentoring: Facilitating Individuals With Early Inflammatory Arthritis to Manage Their Arthritis - Peer Mentor Training

This study has been completed.
Canadian Arthritis Network
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Mary Bell, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier:
First received: January 21, 2010
Last updated: December 23, 2011
Last verified: December 2011
Inflammatory arthritis (IA) is a major cause of long-term disability. Peer support may be a solution to the common problem of delayed treatment. Early peer support may result in improved use of therapy, higher self-efficacy, reduced anxiety, and improved coping in the first two years post-diagnosis. This study involves the development and testing of a peer mentor training initiative as one part of an intervention study for people with early IA (EIA). Peer mentors will be trained and assessed to provide one-on-one support (information, emotional, feedback) to individuals who have recently been diagnosed with IA. This is one part of an intervention study. The other part is called Peer to Peer Mentoring: Facilitating Individuals with Early Inflammatory Arthritis to Manage their Arthritis - Peer Mentoring Program.

Condition Intervention
Early Inflammatory Arthritis
Chronic Disease
Behavioral: peer mentor training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Peer to Peer Mentoring: Facilitating Individuals With Early Inflammatory Arthritis to Manage Their Arthritis - Peer Mentor Training

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Further study details as provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • ability to provide informational, appraisal and emotional support [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • confidence to provide informational, appraisal and emotional support [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: peer mentor training
    A quasi-experimental, before and after study design is proposed to obtain data for planning and implementing a larger-scale study. A training workshop for individuals with IA to become peer mentors will increase peer mentors' confidence and skills to provide one-on-one support to individuals with EIA. Using a combination of lectures, experiential learning and question/answer sessions, peer mentors will learn and practice informational, emotional, appraisal support techniques and skills (communication skills, problem-solving strategies, use of decision tools). Training will be conducted face-to-face, in small-group format by research team and others (2 sessions approx. 5 hours each), in a private meeting room at SHSC. Peer mentors will then provide support to individuals newly diagnosed with IA for 12 weeks (once per week) by telephone and /or face-to-face. Peer mentors will receive ongoing support from the research team (telephone, meetings).

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • To become a peer mentor are:

    1. Diagnosis of IA from a physician
    2. Disease duration more than 2 years and managing well
    3. Currently using medications (DMARDS/biologics) to treat arthritis
    4. Have completed an Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP) provided by The Arthritis Society and/or similar program and/or have sufficient knowledge and experience with teaching or providing mentoring support to an individual living with a chronic disease
    5. Able to participate in two approximately 5-hour training workshops
    6. Able to take part in ongoing assessment/evaluation activities (self-report questionnaire, interviews, observation, study activity log)
    7. Able to commit to the duration of the research study
    8. Willing to provide ongoing one-on-one support to an individual newly diagnosed with IA
    9. 18 years of age or older
    10. Able to speak, understand, read and write English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Do not meet inclusion criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01054963

Canada, Ontario
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Canadian Arthritis Network
Principal Investigator: Mary J Bell, MD, FRCPC Division of Rheumatology, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr. Mary Bell, Rheumatologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier: NCT01054963     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 419-2009
Study First Received: January 21, 2010
Last Updated: December 23, 2011

Keywords provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:
early inflammatory arthritis
chronic disease
peer support
peer mentor
peer counselling

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Disease
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on May 23, 2017