Both England and the United States recognise the impact of social determinants on health. Social prescribing, linking patients to nonmedical services, is used in both countries. In England, general practitioners refer patients to link workers, while in the U.S., social care interventions assess risks and connect patients to resources. Evidence on the effectiveness of social prescribing is limited, but studies in the U.S. show positive impacts on reducing social needs and improving health indicators. Service scopes have similarities, but England’s includes a broader range of programs. The approach to identifying social needs differs, with the U.S. using screening tools and England relying less on standardised screening.
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