Term Social Prescribing
Code LH-6300.8020
Definition The goal of social prescribing is to refer patients to psychosocial resources in their community to break isolation, promote autonomy, mobility, and a healthy lifestyle. Aimed largely at prevention, it complements traditional clinical treatments by recognizing that a person's health is determined by a variety of social, economic and environmental factors that cannot all be addressed through traditional medicine, or in the brief amount of time an individual is actually in a doctor's office. Social prescribing may include a diverse spectrum of community support and services, such as art classes, museum visits, fishing lessons, or knitting circles that are selected according to the individual's interests. A "social prescription" is typically made by a patient's primary care provider, after carefully considering their needs and whether social prescribing will benefit them. The process then involves a navigator or link worker who helps connect the patient to appropriate resources and supports the patient in implementing their social prescription.
Created 6/16/22
Changed 6/16/22
Use References
See Also References Health Care Referrals (LH-2600)
Specialized Information and Referral (TJ-3000.8000)
External Classification Terms Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (USA MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Patient & Family Support (NTE E86)
Patient & Family Support (NPC E08)
Related Concepts
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Bibliographic References "Social Prescribing", Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_prescribing

"Social Prescribing in the USA: On the Rise?", https://visiblenetworklabs.com/2022/03/29/social-prescribing-in-the-usa/

"Social Prescribing in Ontario: Progress Report", June 2019, Alliance for Healthier Communities website, https://www.allianceon.org/sites/default/files/documents/Rx-Community-Progress-Report-EN-June2019-web.pdf

"Why Staying Connected to Your Community Is Good For Your Health", Sinai Health website, https://sinaigeriatrics.ca/staying-connected-to-your-community-2-2/

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