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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Dr Tessa M. Pollard

Moffatt, Suzanne, Wildman, John, Pollard, Tessa M, Penn, Linda, O’Brien, Nicola, Pearce, Mark S & Wildman, Josephine M (2019). Evaluating the impact of a community-based social prescribing intervention on people with type 2 diabetes in North East England: mixed-methods study protocol. BMJ Open 9(1): bmjopen-2018-026826.

Author(s) from Durham


Social prescribing enables healthcare professionals to use voluntary and community sector resources to improve support for people with long-term conditions. It is widely promoted in the UK as a way to address complex health, psychological and social issues presented in primary care, yet there is insufficient evidence of effectiveness or value for money. This study aims to evaluate the impact and costs of a link-worker social prescribing intervention on the health and healthcare use of adults aged 40–74 with type 2 diabetes, living in a multi-ethnic area of high socioeconomic deprivation.