Does social prescribing work? Read the evidence

Evidence on Social Prescribing

How effective is social prescribing? Our briefings and visual guides give a clear overview of existing evidence. They point to the success of social prescribing initiatives. And they identify where we need to do more research. You can come back to this page to download up-to-date evidence whenever you need.

  • Briefing and Rapid Evidence Review

    Accessibility of social prescribing schemes in England to people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse population groups

    People from black, Asian and ethnically diverse population groups are currently under-represented in social prescribing. But there is very limited evidence to help us understand why. So, we need to build a better picture of awareness and engagement with social prescribing by people from these communities. And we need to better understand the barriers to their engagement in the service.  

  • Note

    Social prescribing and mental health

    Social prescribing can help people in crisis, and those with long-term conditions. The service also supports those in a caring role. It can address common mental health difficulties. These include, “loneliness, stress, mild to moderate depression, and anxiety”. This area requires further research, particularly for children and young people. But there is robust evidence to support the efficacy of social prescribing for mental health.  


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