Pitt, V., Lowe, D., Hill, S., Prictor, M., Hetrick, S. E, Ryan, R. & Berends, L. (2013). Consumer-providers of care for adult clients of statutory mental health services. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews,3 1-108. United States of America: John Wiley & Sons Inc.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1186/s13049-016-0260-1
In mental health services, the past several decades has seen a slow but steady trend towards employment of past or present consumers of the service to work alongside mental health professionals in providing services. However the effects of this employment on clients (service recipients) and services has remained unclear. We conducted a systematic review of randomised trials assessing the effects of employing consumers of mental health services as providers of statutory mental health services to clients. In this review this role is called ’consumer-provider’ and the term ’statutory mental health services’ refers to public services, those required by statute or law, or public services involving statutory duties. The consumer-provider’s role can encompass peer support, coaching, advocacy, case management or outreach, crisis worker or assertive community treatment worker, or providing social support programmes.
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