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Peer Supports for Tobacco Cessation for Adults with Serious Mental Illness: A Review of the Literature
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Colleen E. McKay, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Faith Dickerson, Sheppard Pratt
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Publication Date
5-1-2012
Document Type
Article
Subjects
Smoking Cessation; Tobacco Use Cessation; Mentally Ill Persons; Peer Group; Social Support
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: A relatively new approach to addressing tobacco use in mental health settings is the involvement of consumers or peers, defined as other individuals with mental health conditions, as service providers. This review examines the literature describing peer delivered supports for tobacco cessation for adults with serious mental illness. METHODS: The authors conducted a review of online databases to identify reports of tobacco cessation interventions in which peers play a key role in the provision of services to help other adults with serious mental illness to reduce or quit using tobacco. RESULTS: Our review yielded reports of four tobacco cessation interventions for persons with serious mental illness that include peer providers. The roles of peers in these interventions include that of co-leaders of an educational smoking cessation group, individual counselors as part of a multi-faceted tobacco treatment program, and as outreach tobacco cessation advocates. CONCLUSIONS: The roles of peers in these interventions are promising; however, more detail about the selection and experience of the peer providers, as well as the services they deliver in tobacco cessation interventions, would be helpful. In addition, rigorous research is needed to evaluate the impact of peer providers on reducing tobacco use in this population.
DOI of Published Version
10.1080/15504263.2012.670847
Source

J Dual Diagn. 2012;8(2):104-112. Epub 2012 May 11. Link to article on publisher's site

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Citation Information
Colleen E. McKay and Faith Dickerson. "Peer Supports for Tobacco Cessation for Adults with Serious Mental Illness: A Review of the Literature" Vol. 8 Iss. 2 (2012) ISSN: 1550-4271 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/colleen_mckay/18/