Research: Evidence Around Befriending Roles.
Tags: Report, Guidance, Toolkit
16th March 2021
Evidence around befriending roles Nesta/National Voices report
Relevant overall trends
- Many studies suggest that improved experience and emotions can be achieved through peer support involving emotional support, social support, discussion, befriending, and activity-based (though not necessarily physical support, practical support, or listening)
- Many studies suggest that improved behaviour and health outcomes can be achieved through peer support involving social support, physical support, and activity-based (though not necessarily emotional support, practical support, discussion, listening, or befriending)
- Many studies suggest that hospital-based support can improve the experience, but not necessarily behaviour or health outcomes (too little evidence of benefit)
10+ links of research looking at befriending schemes.
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