World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific
May 20, 2022
Description / Summary
Social prescribing is a means of connecting patients to a range of non-clinical services in the community to improve their health and well-being. It builds on the evidence that addressing social determinants of health such as socioeconomic status, social inclusion, housing, and education is key to improving health outcomes.
This toolkit was created to help introduce social prescribing at the community level. It outlines the steps required to introduce a social prescribing scheme and includes sample materials which can be adapted to the local context. It can be used by implementing organizations, community healthcare and long-term care facilities, mental health and healthcare workers among others. Policy-makers and health and social welfare authorities may also find this resource useful for scaling up community interventions.