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Finding a patient support group


Newell, CJ, Finding a patient support group, Australian Prescriber, 27, (1) pp. 19-21. ISSN 0312-8008 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.18773/austprescr.2004.011


There are many advantages in referring patients to self-help groups as part of medical care. These groups can be face-to-face and on-line. Some of the questions patients should ask when choosing a patient support organisation include whether there is provision of social and emotional support, what helping mechanisms are offered, and whether it is a disease- or treatment-specific group. It is useful to enquire about the experiences and perceptions of others and the appropriateness of the information provided about the disease or disability. Questions should be asked about fees and charges, sources of funding and whether the organisation is democratically accountable.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Newell, CJ (Associate Professor Christopher Newell)
ID Code:31887
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Medical Education Unit
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-05-21

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