More than medicine: new services for people powered health

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Langford, Katharine
Date of publication
5 November 2013
Health Services
Social welfare
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More than Medicine creates a set of tools for clinicians to use with patients to address the behavioural and social aspects of long term conditions. This can be through direct, formal prescribing by the clinician or the clinician referring patients on to link workers who support them. The aim is to complement medical treatment with interventions which enable patients to become more confident and able to manage their condition. It is also about tacking the root causes of long term conditions such as obesity and debt. Three elements help the process and are described in detail:

  • Social prescribing - a clear, coherent and collaborative process in which healthcare practitioners work with patients and service users to select and make referrals to community-based services.
  • Signposting - new roles and support for people who help patients and service users understand, access and navigate community-based services that will improve their health.
  • A balanced and healthy ecosystem of community-based services and providers so that a wide range of opportunities are available

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