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Social prescribing is a process that allows healthcare workers to refer patients to initiate a non-clinical social interventions available in the community, addressing the social and behavioural determinants of health. This paper synthesised the evidence to understand the effectiveness of social prescribing for chronic diseases prevention.

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Our findings demonstrated that socially prescribed exercise interventions were shown to increase physical activity at the trial completion and lasted at least until the end of follow-up duration (≤12 months), although they had little to no difference on markers of adiposity, blood pressure and serum lipid.

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This page is a summary of: Effectiveness of social prescribing for chronic disease prevention in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, February 2023, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/jech-2022-220247.
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