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Experiences of peer support workers supporting individuals with substance use disorders in Egypt: phenomenological analysis

Ibrahim, Nashwa; Selim, Abeer; Ng, Fiona; Kasaby, Muhamed; Ali, Amira Mohammed; Eweida, Rasha; Almakki, Doha; Elaagib, Amna; Slade, Mike


Nashwa Ibrahim

Abeer Selim

Muhamed Kasaby

Amira Mohammed Ali

Rasha Eweida

Doha Almakki

Amna Elaagib

Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion


Background: Peer support work for substance use disorders is widely implemented in high-income countries. More research is still needed to understand its applicability in settings which have proportionately low budgets allocated to mental health. Peer Support Workers are individuals who managed to achieve recovery from substance use disorders and help people remain engaged in their recovery and prevent relapse through shared understanding. Aim: To investigate the experience of peer support workers providing recovery support to people with substance use disorders in Egypt. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological design was used in which 17 adults working as peer support workers for substance use disorders were recruited by means of purposive and snowball sampling. A semi-structured interview with participants was conducted by phone or video-call. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed based on descriptive phenomenology. Results: Three superordinate themes were identified: role responsibility, Peer Support Workers’ need for organizational and stakeholders’ support, and challenges to the role integrity. Conclusion and recommendations: The findings indicate the need for national and governmental support to peer support workers engaged with people with substance use disorders in Egypt and educating families and the public about the role of peer support workers in substance use disorders.


Ibrahim, N., Selim, A., Ng, F., Kasaby, M., Ali, A. M., Eweida, R., …Slade, M. (2022). Experiences of peer support workers supporting individuals with substance use disorders in Egypt: phenomenological analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 22(1), Article 1012.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 29, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2022
Publication Date Aug 8, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 29, 2022
Journal BMC Health Services Research
Electronic ISSN 1472-6963
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
Article Number 1012
Keywords Health Policy
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