The Science of Peer Support

The Research About Peer Support Shows Its Many Benefits

Peer support provides a wide variety of benefits. These benefits are confirmed and explained by scientific investigation and studies.

Overall, studies have found that peer support:

  • Decreases morbidity and mortality rates
  • Increases life expectancy
  • Increases knowledge of a disease
  • Improves self-efficacy
  • Improves self-reported health status and self-care skills, including medication adherence
  • Reduces use of emergency services

Additionally, providers of peer support report less depression, heightened self-esteem and self-efficacy, and improved quality of life.