Residential Camps

Summer camps are another way of addressing peer support, and they have been shown to be a valuable way of addressing psychosocial issues including locus of control (23), self-esteem (24), physical fitness (24,25), independence from parents, health care self-management and an opportunity to meet similar others (23). Many rheumatology centers throughout the world, including Melbourne, Vancouver, San Diego, and Newcastle (U.K.) run their own summer camps. Each differs in content; however, all are seen as a valued adjunct to conventional therapy and are a valuable method of assessing psychological well-being.

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