Health and social care coalition National Voices, along with innovation charity Nesta, has produced ‘Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?’, summarising evidence from more than 1000 studies.
There is evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. The review also showed that there is a limited understanding of the different forms of peer support, how best to deliver support and the forms of training and infrastructure to get the most impact from it. Further evidence is needed to fully understand the impact it has on the health service and individuals with long-term health conditions.
Get the report (pdf, 1.8MB) via the National Voices news item.
National Voices is the coalition of health and social care charities in England, working for a strong patient and citizen voice and services built around people.