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Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101552
  • Child health
  • Systematic review

Findings from qualitative studies suggest parents of children with disabilities benefit from peer support; whereas findings from quantitative studies are inconclusive

  1. Lutz Goldbeck
  1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, University of Ulm Medical Centre, Ulm, Germany
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Lutz Goldbeck, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, University of Ulm Medical Centre, Krankenhausweg 3, Ulm D-89075, Germany; lutz.goldbeck{at}uniklinik-ulm.de

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Qualitative research suggests shared social identity, learning from others, personal growth and supporting others are key ingredients of peer support for parents of children with disabling conditions.

  • Evidence for the efficacy of peer support for parents is limited due to the methodical challenges of undertaking controlled studies in this field.

  • Future research should aim to identify factors of effective peer support and its utilisation in healthcare settings.

Context

Healthcare professionals routinely recommend peer support for parents of children with long-term and disabling conditions. Peer support comprises of parent groups and one-to-one parent support in the absence of a healthcare professional or facilitator. Unlike …

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