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Peer support groups after acquired brain injury: a systematic review

Hughes, Rachel; Fleming, Pete; Henshall, Lauren


Rachel Hughes

Pete Fleming

Lauren Henshall


Background: Peer support groups can be a way to obtain support, problem solve, and widen social networks. However, there has been no systematic literature review examining the evidence for the use of
peer support groups after an acquired brain injury (ABI).

Objective: This review sought to systematically evaluate the evidence for (1) the psychosocial effectiveness, and (2) the experience of peer support groups in adults who had experienced ABIs.

Methods: The systematic literature search was conducted across the following four databases: PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, MEDLINE, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) in October 2019. The mixed methods appraisal tool was used to examine the quality of the research.

Results: 13 papers were included in this review. Limited evidence was found for the psychosocial effectiveness of peer support groups in ABI, although the experience of partaking in a peer support group was largely found to be positive. The benefits and helping factors of taking part in a peer support group can be summarized as: being connected, interacting with others, and providing and receiving support.

Conclusions: The findings of this review suggest that peer support groups could be a promising intervention to support individuals and promote adjustment following an ABI.


Hughes, R., Fleming, P., & Henshall, L. (2020). Peer support groups after acquired brain injury: a systematic review. Brain Injury,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 15, 2020
Online Publication Date May 18, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2021
Journal Brain Injury
Print ISSN 0269-9052
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); Developmental and Educational Psychology; Clinical Neurology
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