Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence (Bickerdike et al, Dec 2016)
'Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence' (Bickerdike et al, Dec 2016)
Reviews 15 evaluations of social prescribing programmes. Most were small scale and limited by poor design and reporting. All were rated as a having a high risk of bias. Common design issues included a lack of comparative controls, short follow-up durations, a lack of standardised and validated measuring tools, missing data and a failure to consider potential confounding factors. Despite clear methodological shortcomings, most evaluations presented positive conclusions.