Time effects of supportive interaction and facilitator input variety on treatment adherence of young people with chronic health conditions: A dynamic mechanism in mutual aid groups

Steven Sek-Yum NGAI, Chau-Kiu CHEUNG, Yuen-Hang NG, Liang SHANG, Hon-Yin TANG, Hiu Lam NGAI, Kenix Hok-Ching WONG

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Abstract

This study aims to examine the mechanism of how supportive interaction and facilitator input variety in mutual aid groups impact treatment adherence of young people with chronic health conditions, with consideration of time effects, which have been rarely studied in the existing literature. A stratified random sample of 391 individuals aged 12–45 years with chronic health conditions were recruited from mutual aid groups in Hong Kong and completed both the baseline and 12-month follow-up surveys. The results of the structural equation modeling indicated that supportive interaction and facilitator input variety positively predicted treatment adherence in a delayed condition, whereas members’ treatment adherence in the baseline survey had reversed effects on members’ supportive interaction in the follow-up survey. The findings of this study shed light on the dynamic mechanism of the mutual aid groups and provide important implications to promote better rehabilitation outcomes of young people with chronic health conditions. Copyright © 2021 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3061
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Citation

Ngai, S. S.-Y., Cheung, C.-K., Ng, Y.-H., Shang, L., Tang, H.-Y., Ngai, H.-L., & Wong, K. H.-C. (2021). Time effects of supportive interaction and facilitator input variety on treatment adherence of young people with chronic health conditions: A dynamic mechanism in mutual aid groups. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6), Article 3061. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063061

Keywords

  • Mutual aid group
  • Treatment adherence
  • Supportive interaction
  • Facilitator input
  • Time effects
  • Young patients

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