Commissioned by the Dutch Cancer Society and in collaboration with IPSO (Institutes for Psychosocial Oncology) drop-in centers, we carried out a large-scale effects study into the social value of IPSO drop-in centers at the national level. The Netherlands currently has 75 drop-in houses that are affiliated with the sector organization IPSO. Everyone who is directly or indirectly affected by cancer can go to these drop-in centers. (Ex) cancer patients, relatives and surviving relatives will find low-threshold (psychosocial) support, contact with fellow sufferers, interpretation of quality of life and distraction. The study made a distinction between added value in the area of contribution to the ‘positive health’ of visitors and broader social (financial) value creation in the area of care and labor participation.
The research shows that IPSO walk-in houses create financial and social value through cost savings in the field of care and economic benefits in relation to labor participation. The research also shows that IPSO walk-in houses contribute to a greater degree of social participation (less loneliness), an improved quality of life and an improved mental well-being of the visitors. These are important outcomes in view of policy objectives (both national and local) in the area of participation and welfare.
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