Akiko Kanehara

Project Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo Hospital, The University of Tokyo *Profile is at the time of the award.

2021Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
The development of the guideline for peer specialist training
In Western countries, peer support workers are active in many mental health fields, who have experience of mental difficulties and use their experience to support patients. It has been reported that the quality of support for patients has been improved through collaboration with peer support workers. On the other hand, there are issues such as the ambiguity of the role of peer support workers and the lack of understanding of peer support workers on the part of organizations, and the importance of training for peer support workers has been pointed out. In Japan, systematic guidelines for training and education are still under development.
In this study, peer support workers and medical professionals will collaborate to (1) conduct a systematic review of previous research on peer support worker training, (2) evaluate the peer support worker training program operated at the University of Tokyo, and (3) conduct a retrospective survey and analysis of records of interviews with current peer support workers conducted at the University of Tokyo Hospital, in order to create "guidelines for the training and dissemination of peer support workers."


I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being selected for the Inamori Research Grant. I would like to devote myself every day to returning the research results obtained through my project to society.

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