An interesting piece in the New York Times reporting on a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study looked at diabetic control in three groups: one group saw their doctor or nurse in the normal way, another group was offered $200 to improve their blood sugars and the final group were given a peer mentor to help them manage their problem. Talking to people who have been through similar experiences seems to help improve outcomes.
This seems to make sense, although the investigators point out they do not know if the effect continues in the long term, especially as the impact of mentoring relies on the relationship formed with the mentor. Like all relationships it might be anticipated that problems may arise – but only time will tell.