Lay health workers in primary and community health care.
SA Lewin, J Dick, P Pond, M Zwarenstein, G Aja, B van Wyk, X Bosch-Capblanch, M Patrick
Cochrane Database Syst Rev | Published : 2005
BACKGROUND: Lay health workers (LHWs) are widely used to provide care for a broad range of health issues. However, little is known about the effectiveness of LHW interventions. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of LHW interventions in primary and community health care on health care behaviours, patients' health and wellbeing, and patients' satisfaction with care. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care and Consumers and Communication specialised registers (to August 2001); the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (to August 2001); MEDLINE (1966- August 2001); EMBASE (1966-August 2001); Science Citations (to August 2001); CINAHL (1966-Ju..View full abstract