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Theme Two: Enhancing Support from Informal Caregivers

Enhancing Patient-to-Patient (Peer) Support

Heisler, M. Overview of peer support models to improve diabetes self-management and clinical outcomes. Diabetes Spectrum 2007; 20:214-221.

Heisler M, Halasyamani L, Resnicow K, Neaton M, Shanahan J, Brown S, Piette J. “I am not alone”: the feasibility and acceptability of interactive voice response-facilitated telephone peer support among older adults with heart failure. Congestive Heart Failure 2007; 13(3): 149-157.

Heisler M, Piette JD. “I help you, and you help me.” Facilitated telephone peer support among patients with diabetes. The Diabetes Educator 2005; 31 (6):869-879.

Heisler, M.  Building Peer Support Programs to Manage Chronic Disease: Seven Models for SuccessThe California Health Care Foundation, 2006. 

 Actively Engaging the Support of Family and Friends

Piette JD, Gregor MA, Share D, Heisler M, Bernstein SJ, Koelling T, Chan P.  Improving heart failure self-management support by actively engaging out-of-home caregivers: results of a feasibility study.  Congestive Heart Failure 2008; 14(1):12-8.

Gure TR, Kabeto MU, Blaum CS, Langa KM. Degree of disability and patterns of caregiving among older Americans with congestive heart failure.  Journal of General Internal Medicine 2008; 23(1):70-6.

Langa KM, Valenstein MA, Fendrick AM, Kabeto MU, Vijan S.  Extent and cost of informal caregiving for older Americans with symptoms of depression, American Journal of Psychiatry 2004; 161(5): 857-63.