Peer support : what is it and does it work? Summarising evidence from more than 1000 studies.
Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices.
There is evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. The review 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.