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What does the evidence tell us about accessibility of social prescribing schemes in England to people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds?

Tierney S, Cartwright L, Akinyemi O, Carder-Gilbert H, Burns L, Dayson C, Chatterjee H. [On behalf of the NASP Academic Partners Collaborative]. (2022). ‘What does the evidence tell us about accessibility of social prescribing schemes in England to people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds?’. London: National Academy for Social Prescribing

This evidence summary is one of a suite commissioned by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) from their Academic Partners in 2021 (https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/academic-partners-collaborative/).

The topics included in this suite were identified through a robust prioritisation process with individuals representing the breadth of the social prescribing landscape. The summaries were produced by researchers from the NASP Academic Partnership; specific teams are listed on each document. Four of these topics had significant work conducted previously by members of the group, and so NASP report that work then build out using new database searches and broader grey searches; to produce synthesised conclusions about what is known (NASP term these ‘platform’ reviews).

The remaining summaries are ‘fresh’ reviews of the evidence base as it stands. The summaries are intended for a broad readership but have a policy and practice focus; bringing together what is known on specific areas relating to social prescribing and summarising the findings, limitations, and gaps in that field. Each summary contains a detailed bibliography, and NASP would encourage readers to follow these links for further, more detailed, reading on each topic.

This ‘fresh’ review (as compared to the other ‘platform’ reviews completed for NASP) of evidence sought to understand issues related to accessibility of social prescribing for people from ethnic minority groups. When thinking about accessibility, NASP used a definition from the European Patients Forum (2016). This suggests there are five elements to this concept in terms of healthcare: available, adequate, accessible, appropriate, and affordable.

 

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