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Redefining the role of near-peer student volunteers in children’s hospitals as paediatric patient mentors

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  • Contributors ETH and WAL conceptualised and designed the work, as well as cowrote, reviewed and revised the manuscript. This work stems from an educational outreach programme designed, developed and implemented by ETH and WAL where university students teach math and science to children with chronic illnesses using hands-on interactive activities created under the supervision of ETH. ETH interviewed the patient and her mother for their voice. The family asked to remain anonymous to protect their daughter’s privacy and are not included in the author list. They have read and approved the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work. WAL is the guarantor.

  • Funding This work was supported by funding from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and internally the 1998 Society, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (R35HL145000), the National Center for Advanced Translational Science/NIH (3UL1TR002378) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) (1542174 and 1809566).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.