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  • Why might doctors prescribe museum visits and dance lessons?
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How social prescribing can help people stay healthy

Social prescribing – wherein patients are told to try creative workshops, regular exercise, and volunteering to improve their wellbeing – has been around for years, but it’s gaining the attention of policy-makers. How can it proactively tackle physical and mental health problems?

Location North America / Northern Europe

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The notion of social prescribing, also known as community referral, has been discussed within the healthcare sector for years and is increasingly being recognised as a key part of the approach to improving people’s wellbeing. It’s a demand that’s partly being driven by patients – British GPs spent an estimated 19% of their time addressing social issues rather than medical ones in 2014 – who are looking for new solutions as their trust in big pharma plummets. [1] Social prescribing has also been backed by PM Theresa May as part of the UK government’s ...

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