Special Issue "Peer-Led Health and Wellbeing Interventions: Feasibility, Effectiveness and Future Potential"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Natasha Reid
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Guest Editor
Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia
Interests: ageing; frailty; quality of life; quality of care; geriatrics; aged care; function; sedentary time; well-being interventions
Dr. Maike Neuhaus
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Guest Editor
Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia
Interests: sedentary behaviour; sitting time; lifestyle interventions; telemedicine; telehealth; intervention design; wellbeing; self-leadership

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well known that health and wellbeing interventions, particularly, physical activity interventions, are feasible, safe and effective for the majority of population groups to improve their overall health. Decades of research, underpinned by various theories of behaviour change and research translation, have provided us with a good understanding of how behaviour can be influenced and modified. However, while short-term changes in behaviours, ranging from increased physical activity and improved diet and nutrition to increased water intake and sleep quality, have been consistently shown, long-term changes prove harder to sustain. Other challenges include low engagement and retention and resource-intensive and researcher/expert-led interventions that are expensive and difficult to sustain for many organisations.

Peer-led interventions are an emerging trend and have shown promise in being able to address some of the issues described above. Participants or patient groups often respond more favourably to people they can relate to (for example, peers of a similar age or same gender, ethnicity and social background). Peer-led interventions may also be more cost-effective and sustainable in the long term. This Special Issue seeks to bring together a group of research papers that address the feasibility, effectiveness and future potential of peer-led interventions, ranging from single-activity (e.g., exercise) to multi-activity holistic wellbeing interventions. Papers concerning any age or population group and setting are encouraged.

Dr. Natasha Reid
Dr. Maike Neuhaus
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • interventions
  • peer-led
  • physical activity
  • well-being
  • quality of life
  • feasibility
  • effectiveness
  • cost-effectiveness
  • health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Effectiveness of peer-led well-being interventions in retirement communities: A systematic review
Authors: Natasha Reid; Maike Neuhaus
Affiliation: Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia

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