Preparing the prescription: a review of the aim and measurement of social referral programmes (Rempel et al, 2017)

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Preparing the prescription: a review of the aim and measurement of social referral programmes (Rempel et al, 2017)

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... identified 41 relevant articles and reports. After extracting the aims, measures and type of study,

we found that most social referral programmes aimed to address a wide variety of system and individual health

problems ... inconsistencies in aims and measures used pose serious problems when social prescribing and other referral programmes are often advertised as a solution to health services-budgeting constraints, as well as a range of chronic mental and physical health conditions. We recommend researchers and local community organisers alike to critically evaluate for whom, where and why their social referral programmes ‘work’.

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