Social prescribing, sometimes called community referral, is a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community. It provides GPs and other primary care professionals with a non-medical referral option to improve health and well-being. Social prescribing may be offered alongside existing treatments, or where no medical treatment is indicated and/or to support people whose needs are not being met within existing services. It also provides an opportunity for a stronger focus on the social determinants of health.
This bibliography, produced for colleagues attending the Social Prescribing seminar, in Waterford on 31 March 2017, provides a brief guide to some of the recent research, case studies, evidence of effectiveness and ongoing debates about social prescribing. The focus is on papers published in the last five years.