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Peer Mentoring Improves Glucose Control for African American Veterans

Source: Penn Medicine News, March 19, 2012; LDI Health Economist, March 20, 2012; New York Times, March 22, 2012 A study recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that peer mentoring improved diabetes control among African American Vets. Judith Long, Principal Investigator of the study, commented in a New York Times article that “peer mentoring is an inexpensive, easy and patient-centered way we doctors can support healthy behaviors outside of our offices.” Kevin Volpp adds that that their study “raises the possibility that a more informal, flexible means of providing one-on-one peer support through peer coaches or mentors could potentially provide larger benefits at low cost.”