Studies on the use of peers in the mental health field have demonstrated that peer staff have an ability to reach people who have been otherwise seen as difficult to engage. In research conducted by PRCH, peer interventions have been associated with fewer hospitalizations, fewer days in the hospital, longer community tenure after hospitalization, increased hope, improvements in self-care, enhanced sense of well-being in patients, decreased drug and alcohol use, and improvements in quality of life.
Title: Psychotic Disorders: Comprehensive Conceptualization and Treatments
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Edited by Carol A. Tamminga, Jim van Os, Ulrich Reininghaus, and Elena Ivleva