Volume 1, Issue 2 (2016) Into the Light: Using Technology to Develop a Mother/Family Centered Peer Support Network
Research in the Works
Into the Light: Using Technology to Develop a Mother/Family Centered Peer Support Network [English and Spanish versions]
Shannon Hennig, Katherine Stone, and Joanne Nicholson
This paper highlights the work of Postpartum Progress Inc., to engage with large online communities of women experiencing a perinatal mental health issue, in order to explore the efficacy of peer support as a treatment modality. "Into the Light" is a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal project that will bring together diverse stakeholders and patients to build collaborative partnerships. Project goals include developing patient engagement, recruitment and dissemination strategies that reflect the needs of this patient population. Increasing patient access to easily understood information about treatment options when making health care decisions and improving patient-centered research strategies are also aims of the project.
A Spanish translation of this publication is available to download under "Additional Files".
Kathleen Biebel, PhD
UMass Psychiatry - Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center - USA
Grant Charles, MSW, PhD
University of British Columbia – School of Social Work - Canada