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Friendly — and cheap — mentors for the newly diagnosed

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The Wall Street Journal reports:

“Healthcare providers are recruiting and training former patients to act as coaches for the newly diagnosed and treated. In addition to putting extra hands on deck for relatively little cost, these mentor programs offer patients a more personal touch than the traditional support group or online chat forum. For volunteers, mentoring can be more rewarding and hands-on than handing out magazines or manning an information booth.”

These mentors are a lot cheaper than nurses and physicians.

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