An investigation into the concept of social prescribing, with case studies.
“Social prescribing – sometimes called community referrals – is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of non-clinical services”.
Just what the doctor ordered. Social prescribing: a guide for local authorities. Case studies. London: Local Government Association, May 18th 2016.
A King’s Fund “Explainer” on Social Prescribing
There is now a Social Prescribing Network.
“Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services”.
What is social prescribing? [Online]: King’s Fund, February 2nd 2017.
Social Prescribing: Less Rhetoric Prescribed?
Researchers point to challenges in measuring the outcomes of complex interventions, and difficulties making meaningful comparisons between different non-standard local schemes.
Evidence to inform the commissioning of social prescribing. York: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (University of York), February 2015.
A systematic review assessing evidence for the effectiveness of social prescribing noted a high risk of bias with methodological shortcomings including the lack of comparative controls, short follow-up durations, lack of standardised / validated measurements, missing data and failure to consider confounding factors.
Bickerdike, L. Booth, A. [and] Wilson, PM. [et al] (2017). Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence. BMJ Open. April 7th 2017; 7(4): e013384.