S58: Social Prescribing interventions: What is the current evidence base?

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By September 17, 2018 No Comments

Authors: Katherine Boydell

Year: 2018

Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: The use of non-drug, non-health-service interventions have been proposed as a cost-effective alternative to improve the health and well-being of individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. Interventions normally involve accessing activities run by the third sector or community agencies and may also be described as non-medical referral, community referral or social prescribing. Social prescribing schemes commonly use services provided by the voluntary and community sector and can include an extensive range of practical information and advice, community activity, physical activities, art and cultural involvement, art therapy, walking and reading groups, nature-based activities, as well as support with employment, debt, housing and legal advice. This presentation provides an overview of 6 current models of social prescribing classified as signposting, light, medium and holistic. The evidence base for social prescribing is reviewed along with identification of factors that facilitate or hinder the implementation and delivery of such programs.

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