Journal article

Effects of participating in community assets on quality of life and costs of care: longitudinal cohort study of older people in England.

Luke Aaron Munford, Anna Wilding, Peter Bower, Matt Sutton

BMJ Open | BMJ Journals | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Improving outcomes for older people with long-term conditions and multimorbidity is a priority. Current policy commits to substantial expansion of social prescribing to community assets, such as charity, voluntary or community groups. We use longitudinal data to add to the limited evidence on whether this is associated with better quality of life or lower costs of care. DESIGN: Prospective 18-month cohort survey of self-reported participation in community assets and quality of life linked to administrative care records. Effects of starting and stopping participation estimated using double-robust estimation. SETTING: Participation in community asset facilities. Costs of primary an..

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