“They make a difference”: a qualitative study of providers’ experiences of peer support in outpatient clinics for people living with HIV

Anita Øgård-Repål, Rigmor C. Berg, Vegard Skogen & Mariann Fossum
Abstract Background Although the life expectancy of people living with HIV has increased, they are still often disconnected from society through stigma and discrimination. Peer support has been found to increase social support. Given the limited research on peer support from the providers’ perspective, this study explored how peer supporters experience their roles and contributions in outpatient clinics (OPCs). Additionally, healthcare professionals’ perceptions of working with peer supporters in OPCs were examined. Methods This qualitative...
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