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    Peer support for amputees in the hospital and in the community


    10/6/19 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM time


    Dieter Jüptner, Bundesverband für Menschen mit Arm- oder Beinamputation (Wedemark, Germany)

    Nils-Odd Tønnevold, Momentum (Oslo, Norway)

    Jean-Pascal Hons-Olivier, Association de Défense et d’Etude des Personnes Amputées (Paris, France)

    Session format
    Basic Instructional Course
    Room 403, Conference Center
    Outcome Measurements / Psychosocial Issues / Quality of Life
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Dieter Jüptner



    Peer support is a way of giving and receiving help based on the key principles of respect, shared responsibility and agreement on what is helpful. Peer support offers an empathetic understanding of another person’s situation based on a mutual shared experience and can be seen in various settings manifest informally or formally in someone’s life. In recent years there has been more research in this area and more organisations are offering peer support services. This symposium will consider what peer support services are needed, available and effective and will have a particular focus on peer support for amputees. It will explore not only examples of peer hospital visiting, but also social forms of peer support.

    A broad explanation of peer support is Social Support Theory. This theory explains the most important aspects of social relationships. Social support can be defined as the process of relationship interaction that improves coping, esteem, belonging and competence through exchanged physical and psychosocial resources (these can be perceived or actual). This definition focuses on the idea that the interaction within social support is vital as is the idea that social support is something that improves aspects of a person’s life. Through this definition we can see how peer support can be included in social support. Social support has not only been shown to help with challenges and coping but also it has been shown to improve both health outcomes.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    Attendees will develop an improved understanding of peer support for amputees in its various forms. Best practice models of peer support from around the world will be shared during the symposium.

    This session focuses on the topic Psychosocial Issues / Quality of Life.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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