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Table 3 Results of perceived benefit among peer service providers and consumers at follow-up evaluation a

From: Feasibility of peer support services among people with severe mental illness in China

Perceived benefitPeer service provider (n = 12)Consumer (n = 42)
N (%)N (%)
Self-perceived benefit
 Disease related
  Know more disease knowledge6 (50%)13 (31%)
  Disease become more stable3 (25%)13 (31%)
 Social communication
  Improve social communication skill8 (67%)18 (43%)
  Improve relationship with families3 (25%)9 (21%)
  Care and support more for others5 (42%)11 (26%)
 Ability of daily life and work
  Improve self-living ability4 (33%)10 (24%)
  Improve work skill ∆10 (83%)9 (21%)
 Emotion and self-perception
  More confidence about recovery6 (50%)11 (26%)
  Improve mood and feeling cared about7 (58%)23 (55%)
  Improve sense of belonging4 (33%)13 (31%)
 Perceived benefit from others perspective
  Family members9 (75%)19 (45%)
  Friends2 (17%)10 (24%)
  Community doctors7 (58%)16 (38%)
  Other community staff4 (33%)13 (31%)
  1. aThe numbers showed in this table represent how many participants answered “yes” on each particular question
  2. ∆ Peer service provider group and consumer group showed significant difference (p < 0.001)