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Mental Health

Self-Help Toolkit: Increasing Patients’ Self-Help Group Attendance

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Increasing Patients’ Self-Help Group Attendance

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How can I get my patients to KEEP GOING to self-help groups?
  • Clinicians can help increase patient attendance by: linking patients with a self-help group member for peer support, discussing patient concerns and brainstorming solutions, encouraging patients to get a sponsor. Research shows that by adding these steps to standard referral practices, patients are 10% more likely to be abstinent one year later.

    Please refer to the 3-Step Referral Method tab on the menu bar for more detail.
How long should I tell my patient to attend self-help groups?