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September 13, 1995

The Self-Help Sourcebook: Finding and Forming Mutual Aid Self-Help Groups

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1995;274(10):847-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530100087041

Redefining Self-Help: Policy and Practice, by Frank Riessman and David Carroll, 220 pp, paper, $29.95, ISBN O-7879-0066-4, San Francisco, Calif, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.

Understanding the Self-Help Organization: Frameworks and Findings, edited by Thomas J. Powell, 345 pp, $52, ISBN 0-8039-5487-5, paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-8039-5488-3, Thousand Oaks, Calif, Sage Publications, 1994.

Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups: International and Multicultural Perspectives, edited by Francine Lavoie, Thomasina Borkman, and Benjamin Gidron (conference, Ottawa, Ontario, September 1992), 363 pp, $49.95, ISBN 1-56024-716-9, paper, $24.95, Binghamton, NY, The Haworth Press, 1995.

As hospital stays are reduced for everyone from new mothers and babies to seniors with multiple health problems, physicians and their staffs are turning to community resources to assist their patients. Self-help groups are among these resources.

Physicians have long referred patients to 12-step and other peer-support programs for recovery from substance abuse. Since C. Everett Koop, MD, sponsored his Surgeon General's Workshop on

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