The provision of peer support from those who have already made positive adjustments to amputation is recommended for people incurring a major limb amputation; however, few receive this service.
From a program perspective, determine the cost, impact, and willingness to pay for an Amputee Peer Support Program.
Cost of the Amputee Peer Support Program included a cost analysis of program data over a 5-year time horizon (2013–2018) reported in Australian Dollars 2018/2019. Impact and willingness to pay for an Amputee Peer Support Program was determined through surveys of the 3 participant groups: referring health professionals, program volunteers, and program participants.
Over 5 years, there were 793 program participants, serviced by 256 program volunteers, for a cost of $631,497. The cost per program participant was $796. Thirty-eight health professionals, 86 program volunteers, and 12 program participants reported on impact and willingness to pay. The Program was reported to have a positive impact on all participant groups. The themes of access to resources and information and the provision of social and emotional well-being were identified across all 3 groups as being important. All 3 groups reported a higher willingness to pay for the health service (range $113–$450), National Disability Insurance Scheme ($156–$432), and private health insurance ($153–$347), and a lower willingness to pay for the program participant ($23–$49).
Amputee peer support had a positive impact on those receiving and providing the service. Amputee peer support is likely to be a powerful yet inexpensive addition to routine care.