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Helping, mutual sharing, committing, and benefiting described the peer advisor experience of providing social support

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QUESTION: What are the experiences of peer advisors with previous myocardial infarctions (MI) who provide social support to unpartnered, post-MI elders?


Qualitative study.


A northeastern city in the US.


10 actively involved peer advisors (mean age 69 y, 60% women) who had had an MI in the previous 1–3 years were recruited from a cardiac rehabilitation maintenance programme. Inclusion criteria were age ≥62 years, ≥12 months since MI, ability to speak and read English, access to a telephone, and ability to communicate effectively. These peer advisors had received 4 hours of training and provided social support for a group of post-MI unpartnered elders (n=45) in a large randomised clinical trial.


Data collection consisted of peer advisor logs (26 peer-elder dyads), a focus group interview (5 peer advisors), and individual telephone interviews (3 expert peer advisors). The process of …

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  • Sources of funding: National Institute of Nursing Research and Charles Farnsworth Trust/Medical Foundation.

  • For correspondence: Dr S H Rankin, N411Y Box 0606, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. Fax +1 415 753 2161.

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