Challenges and Approaches to Green Social Prescribing During and in the Aftermath of COVID-19

The last decade has seen a surge of interest and investment in green social prescribing, however, both healthcare and social enterprise has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, along with restricted access to public green spaces. This study examines the challenges and opportunities of delivering green social prescribing during and in the aftermath of COVID-19, in the light of goals of green social prescribing to improve mental health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. Thirty-five one-to-one interviews were conducted between March 2020 and January 2022. Interviewees included Link Workers and other social prescribers, general practitioners (GPs), managers, researchers, and volunteers working in urban and rural Scotland and North East England. Interview transcripts were analysed in stages, with an inductive approach to coding supported by NVivo.

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Environment, climate change, Health systems and services, primary health care, integrated systems, prevention services, health workforce
United Kingdom

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