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Uptake of social prescribing - relationships are key

Up to 8.Use social prescribing
August 08. 2018
Robert Varnam

A new study sheds light on an important success factor in the use of social prescribing - the doctor-patient relationship.

Successful innovators have long pointed to the fact that it's not enough just to have a social prescribing 'scheme' available for practices - the impact varies considerably depending on the way practices make use of the opportunity.

This new study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, provides evidence that patient uptake is higher when the referral to a social prescribing service is made by a GP whom the patient knows. This appears to be because they are more likely to believe that it will be relevant and beneficial to them. 

The report is available at http://bjgpopen.org/content/early/2018/08/03/bjgpopen18X101598 

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