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The Role of Peer Patients in Chronic Disease Management

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH; and Barbara J. Turner, MD, MSED, Executive Deputy Editor
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From Institute for Health Promotion Research, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78230, and the Executive Deputy Editor.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M10-2044.

Requests for Single Reprints: Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, Institute of Health Promotion, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 8207 Callaghan Road, Suite 353, San Antonio, TX 78230; e-mail, ramirezag@uthscsa.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Ramirez: Institute of Health Promotion, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 8207 Callaghan Road, Suite 353, San Antonio, TX 78230.

Dr. Turner: American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(8):544-545. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-153-8-201010190-00014
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In this issue, Heisler and colleagues' randomized trial provides evidence that a peer-support program can improve diabetes outcomes. This editorial sees promise in reciprocal peer support and other interventions that engage laypeople in helping others manage disease. The editorialists note unanswered questions about payment, standards for training, and long-term outcomes of such programs.

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