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Social Prescribing and Integrated Care: An Evaluability Assessment

Jaswal, Sabrena K., Hamilton-West, Kate E. (2018) Social Prescribing and Integrated Care: An Evaluability Assessment. In: ICIC18 – 18th International Conference on Integrated Care, Utrecht, 23-25 May 2018, Utrecht, Netherlands. (Unpublished) (KAR id:77893)

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Abstract

Background:

The social prescribing service associated with this scheme; Red Zebra Community Solutions has been tailored to the needs of this MCP by referring and/or signposting patients to non-medical services (i.e. befriending services to combat social isolation) within the community. Based on the needs of the locality, this social prescribing service aims to:

•Provide a referral database that will allow residents within the Encompass MCP catchment area to access local activities and services

•Reduce the number of unnecessary appointments and hospital admission(s)

Method:

It was agreed that the key criteria to consider were:

•The quality of expected outputs

•The feasibility of attribution

Data Collection:

There is evidence of engagement with voluntary and community support services particularly amongst the older patient population for social isolation. Additionally, there is evidence that GPs are referring patients for social prescribing support although, it is not possible to determine whether Red Zebra itself has increased awareness of community support services among GPs or patients.

Whilst promising, in future, the outcome data collected by Red Zebra will need to expand to include a formal assessment of client perceived benefits and anticipated outcomes of the service itself (i.e. measures of psychosocial wellbeing) to permit an evaluation.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
Uncontrolled keywords: social prescribing, healthcare, integrated care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Sabrena Jaswal
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2019 14:43 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 03:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77893 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Jaswal, Sabrena K.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5755-0415
Hamilton-West, Kate E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3160-0311
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