Peer mentoring – the next big thing?

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.

Professor Tom Bourne

Professor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy care as well as gynaecological ultrasound. He has published over 300 academic papers with an H-index of 63. He advises NICE, is trustee of the ectopic pregnancy trust, President of the UK association of early pregnancy units (AEPU) and on the board of ISUOG. He has a private practice at The Women's Ultrasound Centres at 86 Harley Street and Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon.

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About Professor Tom Bourne

Professor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy care as well as gynaecological ultrasound. He has published over 300 academic papers with an H-index of 63. He advises NICE, is trustee of the ectopic pregnancy trust, President of the UK association of early pregnancy units (AEPU) and on the board of ISUOG. He has a private practice at The Women's Ultrasound Centres at 86 Harley Street and Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon.
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