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Playing With Peers: Exploring Peer Support Mechanisms of a Type 2 Diabetes-Specific Board Game

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In this study, we explored specific mechanisms of a board game developed to facilitate peer support among people with Type 2 diabetes attending group-based diabetes education. The game was tested with 76 people with Type 2 diabetes who participated in focus groups after the game. Data from observations of audio-recorded games and focus groups were analyzed using Interpretive Description. Six mechanisms facilitating peer support among people with Type 2 diabetes were identified: (a) entering a safe space of normality created by emotional in-game mirroring; (b) mutual in-game acknowledgment of out-of-game efforts; (c) forming relationships through in-game humor; (d) health care professionals using game rules to support group dialogues of interest to people with Type 2 diabetes; (e) being inspired by in-game exchange of tips and tricks; and (f) co-players guiding each other during the game. Peer support was inhibited by the mechanism of game rules obstructing group dialogues.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume31
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1990-2004
Number of pages15
ISSN1049-7323
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Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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  • community-based programs, Denmark, diabetes, group interaction, interpretive desciption, observations and focus group interviews, patient education

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