Health-related lifestyle advice delivered by peer or lay advisors

Added June 2, 2020

Citation: Pennington M, Visram S, Donaldson C, et al. Cost-effectiveness of health-related lifestyle advice delivered by peer or lay advisors: synthesis of evidence from a systematic review. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2013; 11(1): 30

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on health systems and healthcare workers. Existing research on the provision of health-related lifestyle advice from peers and lay advisors might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for research evaluating the cost-effectiveness of health-related lifestyle advice from peers and lay advisors for adults in developed countries. They did not restrict their searches by date of publication but limited it to publications in English and did the search in September 2008. They included 24 studies.

What works: In general, health-related lifestyle advice from peers and lay advisors appeared to only be cost-effective when targeting behaviours likely to have a large impact on overall health-related quality of life.

For general chronic disease management, health-related lifestyle advice from peers and lay advisors improved patient self-efficacy and self-care behaviour and appeared to be cost-effective.

There was little evidence that health-related lifestyle advice from peers and lay advisors altered diet or exercise.

 

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