Using senior volunteers as peer educators: What is the evidence of effectiveness in falls prevention?

Peel, Nancye M. and Warburton, Jeni (2009) Using senior volunteers as peer educators: What is the evidence of effectiveness in falls prevention?. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 28 1: 7-11. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00320.x


Author Peel, Nancye M.
Warburton, Jeni
Title Using senior volunteers as peer educators: What is the evidence of effectiveness in falls prevention?
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381; 1741-661
Publication date 2009-03-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00320.x
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 11
Total pages 5
Editor Susan Quine
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Austraila
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920502 Health Related to Ageing
111702 Aged Health Care
Formatted abstract
Peer education models are well established as a means of delivering health and social welfare information. Common themes identified in regard to peer education are that information sharing and transfer take place; attempts are made to influence knowledge, attitudes or behaviour; that it occurs between people who share similar characteristics or experiences; and that it relies on influential members of a social group or category. Although it is most often associated with younger age-groups, there is growing evidence of involvement of older people as peer educators. As part of community-based fall prevention interventions, there is considerable scope for contribution by peer mentors. This paper explores the theoretical basis for using senior volunteers as peer educators, discusses advantages and disadvantages of this model of service delivery for health promotion of older people and, specifically, reviews the evidence for effectiveness in relation to fall prevention
Keyword Fall prevention programs
Health information
Older people
Peer education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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