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Letters Social prescribing

Improving the evidence base for social prescribing

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 19 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l744
  1. Kate E Hamilton-West, reader in health psychology, faculty director of medical social sciences,
  2. Erica Gadsby, senior research fellow,
  3. Sarah Hotham, research fellow
  1. Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
  1. k.e.hamilton-west{at}

Salisbury’s article raises important points about the widespread rollout of social prescribing.1 Linking people with services that could help tackle problems that contribute to reduced wellbeing seems sensible, but the approach rests on several problematic assumptions.

A recent systematic review2 concluded that current evidence on social prescribing is insufficient to judge either success or value for money. Of the 15 …

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