Use of facilitated peer support group model for people living with HIV


Key take-home messages
  • Group interventions are a popular, effective, and cost effective way of improving psychosocial and even some physiological health outcomes for PHAs.
  • There exist a myriad of group designs, and no standardized intervention or delivery protocol exists for the running of an HIV support group. However, cognitive behavioral group therapy has proved especially effective.
  • Treatment effects are influenced by characteristics of the participants (stage of illness, personal beliefs/values, and demographic characteristics) as well as the intervention design (ability of leader, intervention [cognitive, narrative, etc], and length/number of sessions).
  • Unlike primary prevention groups, support groups for PHAs require specialised skills and have not been as widely used in community settings.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Determinants of Health
    • Social support
  • Population(s)
    • General HIV+ population
  • Mental Health
    • Depression
  • Health Systems
    • Delivery arrangements


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