Patient support groups make it clear that members do not have to deal with Hepatitis C alone. The groups offer encouragement and companionship, and convey useful information to members. Meetings provide an opportunity for patients to discuss issues and concerns among peers -- others with the same diagnosis.
Well-run support groups also reinforce compliance with members' medical care and treatment plans...and encourage positive lifestyle choices. The groups will be especially important as we enter a new, promising era in the treatment of Hepatitis C. Support groups can help patients follow treatment regimens successfully, and manage the side effects of treatment drugs.
Patient support groups have been shown to be an important element of medical care and treatment.
Well-facilitated support groups help patients manage the disease with knowledge, strength, and fellowship.
You may already recognize the need for a new Hepatitis C (or Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS co-infection) support group in your neighborhood, clinic, or service center. But you may not know how to go about starting a group and keeping it running.
If you (or your organization) want to establish a Hepatitis C or co-infection support group, we can help. The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc. offers a number of services to new and existing support group leaders/facilitators. Check out our website (above) and contact Ronni Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 953 6818.