Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial to measure the clinical and cost effectiveness of peer support in increasing hope and quality of life in mental health patients discharged from hospital in the UK

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Simpson et al (2014) stated that the benefits of peer support in mental health services have been identified in many studies, with some suggesting clinical and economic gains in patients being discharged.


This nurse-led trial suggests that there is merit in conducting further research on peer support in the transition from hospital to home. There is no conclusive evidence to support the cost effectiveness of providing peer support, but neither was it proven a costly intervention to deliver.