Non-clinical community interventions: a systematised review of social prescribing schemes

Chatterjee, H., Camic, Paul M., Lockyer, B. and Thomson, L. (2017) Non-clinical community interventions: a systematised review of social prescribing schemes. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. ISSN 1753-3015.

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Background: This review focused on evaluation of United Kingdom social prescribing schemes published in peer-reviewed journals and reports. Schemes, including arts, books, education, and exercise ‘on prescription’ refer patients to community sources of non-clinical intervention.

Method: A systematised review protocol appraised primary research material evaluating social prescribing schemes published 2000-15. Searches were performed in electronic databases using keywords, and articles were screened for evaluation of patient data, referral process, assessment method and outcomes; non-evaluated articles were excluded.

Results: Of 86 schemes located including pilots, 40 evaluated primary research material: 17 used quantitative methods including six randomised controlled trials; 16 qualitative methods, and seven mixed methods; 9 exclusively involved arts on prescription.
Conclusions: Outcomes included increase in self-esteem and confidence; improvement in mental wellbeing and positive mood; and reduction in anxiety, depression and negative mood. Despite positive findings, the review identifies a number of gaps in the evidence base and makes recommendations for future evaluation and implementation of referral pathways.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts > N0400 Art museums, galleries, etc.
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R0726.7 Health psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Prof Paul M Camic
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 13:59
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 08:00

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