Peer supports for tobacco cessation for adults with serious mental illness: A review of the literature

Colleen E. McKay, Faith Dickerson

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Abstract

Objective: A relatively new approach to addressing tobacco use in mental health settings is the involvement of consumers or peers, defined as other individuals with mental health conditions, as service providers. This review examines the literature describing peer-delivered supports for tobacco cessation for adults with serious mental illness. Methods: The authors conducted a review of online databases to identify reports of tobacco cessation interventions in which peers play a key role in the provision of services to help other adults with serious mental illness to reduce or quit using tobacco. Results: Our review yielded reports of four tobacco cessation interventions for persons with serious mental illness that include peer providers. The roles of peers in these interventions include that of co-leaders of an educational smoking cessation group, individual counselors as part of a multifaceted tobacco treatment program, and peers as outreach tobacco cessation advocates. Conclusions: The roles of peers in these interventions are promising; however, more detail about the selection and experience of the peer providers, as well as the services they deliver in tobacco cessation interventions, would be helpful. In addition, rigorous research is needed to evaluate the impact of peer providers on reducing tobacco use in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-112
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Dual Diagnosis
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • mental health
  • peer supports
  • psychosocial rehabilitation
  • serious mental illness
  • smoking cessation
  • tobacco cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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