Can gardens, libraries and museums improve wellbeing through social prescribing?

This blog-post from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine begins:

“Oxford University’s world-class gardens, libraries and museums could benefit the health and wellbeing of Oxfordshire residents through ‘social prescribing’, according to a report published today by an interdisciplinary team at Oxford University.

The report, entitled ‘Can gardens, libraries and museums improve wellbeing through social prescribing?’, brings together the experience and expertise of health researchers in the University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), general practitioners, heritage sector specialists in the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), and members of the public.

Based on a 12-month research project, the report explores how gardens, libraries and museums could contribute to health and wellbeing through ‘social prescribing’, which is a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan and delivery of Universal Personalised Care.

Social prescribing takes a more holistic approach to health by enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care workers to refer a patient to community-based groups or services that can offer practical, social or emotional support. The report shows that these environments can support health and wellbeing by helping people learn new things, develop new skills, make social connections and gain a greater sense of structure and purpose …”

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