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Mental health
Peer mentorship of hospital inpatients with substance use disorders is associated with beneficial outcomes
  1. Terence V. McCann1,
  2. Dan I. Lubman1,2
  1. 1 Turning Point, Eastern Health, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Monash Addiction Research Centre and Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Dan I. Lubman, Turning Point, Richmond, VIC 3121, Australia; dan.lubman{at}

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Commentary on: Collins, D, Alla, J, Nicolaidis, C, et al. “If It Wasn’t for Him, I Wouldn’t Have Talked to Them”: Qualitative Study of Addiction Peer Mentorship in the Hospital. J Gen Intern Med. 2019. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05311-0. [Epub ahead of print 12 Dec 2019].

Implications for practice and research

  • Peer mentors can make a valuable contribution to the care and experience of patients with substance use disorders requiring hospital treatment, but peers and clinicians need adequate preparation and support.

  • Research is needed into the experience of patients with substance use disorders being mentored by their peers in hospital settings.


Alcohol and other drug use is a significant driver of acute medical service utilisation, with hospitalisations related to substance use disorders and its sequelae increasing markedly in recent years. However, hospital clinicians are often unprepared to care for patients with these disorders, while patients frequently report experiencing discrimination by healthcare staff. Peer …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.