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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