“Almost a quarter of GPs are regularly using social prescribing to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to non-clinical services, a GPonline survey suggests.
The figures suggest that social prescribing is continuing to gain traction in general practice. Over 23% of the 391 GPs who responded to the GPonline poll said they or their colleagues used social prescribing regularly – compared to 19% in 2015 and 20% in 2017.
A further 21% said they had referred using this method at least once before, while 22% said they would refer in this way if they had more information about the services available. A total of 14% said they were open to the idea but had never tried it.
Only 10% said they were not involved in social prescribing in any way. Meanwhile, just 6% of GPs who responded to the poll said they did not believe social prescribing was something GPs should be involved in – half the proportion who felt this way last year. Less than 4% said they did not have time to refer for non-clinical services …”
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