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Evidence Measuring outcomes for social prescribing

March 2022

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) commissioned its Academic Partners to review and summarise the evidence on:

  • Measuring outcomes for individuals receiving support through social prescribing
  • Whether any medium- to long-term outcomes are reported for social prescribing and, if so, what they are
  • The evidence suggests that social prescribing can have a positive impact on a very wide range of outcomes, including decreases in loneliness, improvements in mental health, in social connections and in overall wellbeing
  • There is less evidence on the medium-long term impact of social prescribing, and research in this area is required


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