The aim of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of peer support provided to people over the age of 18 with newly acquired spinal cord impairments. This project will focus on a sample of patients who received peer support during their rehabilitation from either the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST) at the Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch or Spinal Support New Zealand (SSNZ) at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit in Auckland. The aim of this research is to improve the peer support service provided by these organisations by developing our understanding about what aspects of peer support work best for people with newly acquired SCI, especially during their transition back home. This study will develop the structure for ongoing evaluation, that can be used for monitoring and service development going forward.
People with newly acquired SCI will be recruited to take part in a two-part survey – one near their discharge back into the community, and another six months after their discharge from the spinal unit. Participants will also be given the option to take part in an in-depth qualitative interview about their experience of peer support near their discharge, and at six months after discharge, from the spinal unit. We will also be analysing process and outcome audit data collected by NZST and SSNZ about who receives peer support, and the type and amount of peer support they are provided with.
Status of Research
- Data collection is complete
- Knowledge Translation Workshop with NZST and SSNZ occurred in June 2020
- Analysis is underway
- Preliminary reporting due June 2020; final reporting due July/August 2020
Components of this work presented at:
- BAIL peer group presentation, May 2019 – ‘A cunning plan to faciliate funding of peer support services for people with newly acquired SCI in NZ’
- In March 2020, Rachelle attempted to talk about the work that she is doing alongside the NZ Spinal Trust and Spinal Support NZ around peer support for people with SCI. The aim was to present a poster at the UK Knowledge Mobilisation conference in Birmingham, and an oral at the International Realist Conference in Dublin. She got to London before both conference was cancelled (due to COVID-19). But the (well-travelled) poster is still relevant so Rachelle is keen to share it with you. Have a look. Have a read. Ask questions. Make comments. Or, just like a normal conference, slink past without making eye contact while sipping your coffee and eating a date scone!