Peer support in mental health care: is it good value for money?

Paper that makes a first attempt at assessing whether peer support provides value for money, looking specifically at whether peer support workers can reduce psychiatric inpatient bed use, either by preventing admissions or by shortening lengths of stay. Because of the very high cost of inpatient care, the savings that result from even small changes in bed use may be sufficient to outweigh the costs of employing peer workers.

Marija Trachtenberg
Michael Parsonage
Geoff Shepherd et al
Centre for Mental Health