Table 2

Research Areas of Study Regarding Peer Support Initiatives in Medical Homes

Comparative effectiveness
What are the differential effects of peer support interventions that are targeted to patient disease states (eg, diabetes, depression), medical comorbidities, and demographic characteristics?
What is the incremental benefit of peer support interventions for patients who are already engaged in behavior or self-management programs?
How can peer support interventions interface effectively with emerging health information technologies to improve care?
What is the cost-effectiveness of peer support programs compared with other behavior and disease management programs?
What are the indirect benefits of peer support programs to medical homes?
What are the financial models that can provide for the sustained viability of peer support programs in medical homes?