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The evolution of an unintended peer support group

Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH, Joan M. Connell, MD, MS

Abstract


Introduction: The aim of this paper is to provide a case report and review potential emotional wellness benefit of multidisciplinary/multiagency membership within a statewide coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) advisory group.

Methods: Members of a statewide COVID-19 advisory group were surveyed as to their level of participation and perceived emotional wellness benefit resulting from group membership.

Results: A majority of members across all disciplines/ agencies reported a benefit of emotional wellness from group membership.

Discussion: We believe that it is important in disaster settings, regardless of the labeled group function, to be mindful of the potential benefits to group members from not only a task standpoint, but a process standpoint as well. In addition, it is important to recognize the multiple benefits of interdisciplinary interaction and inclusion.


Keywords


peer support, disaster, well-being

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.0668

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