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Supporting Vulnerable Populations During the Pandemic: Stakeholders’ Experiences and Perceptions of Social Prescribing in Scotland During Covid-19

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon BarrettORCiD



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Social prescribing schemes refer people toward personalized health/wellbeing interventions in local communities. Since schemes hold different representations of social prescribing, responses to the pandemic crisis will vary. Intersectionality states that social divisions build on one another, sustaining unequal health outcomes. We conducted and inductively analysed interviews with twenty-three professional and volunteer stakeholders across three social prescribing schemes in urban and rural Scotland at the start and end of year one of the pandemic. Concerns included identifying and digitally supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and reduced capacity statutory and third-sector services, obliging link workers to assume new practical and psychological responsibilities. Social prescribing services in Scotland, we argue, represent a collage of practices superimposed on a struggling healthcare system. Those in need of such services are unlikely to break through disadvantage whilst situated within a social texture wherein inequalities of education, health and environmental arrangements broadly intersect with one another.

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Author(s): Fixsen A, Barrett S, Shimanovich M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Qualitative Health Research

Year: 2022

Volume: 32

Issue: 4

Pages: 670-682

Print publication date: 01/03/2022

Online publication date: 30/12/2021

Acceptance date: 04/12/2021

Date deposited: 04/01/2022

ISSN (print): 1049-7323

ISSN (electronic): 1552-7557

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/10497323211064229


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