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Adult nursing
Social prescribing integrated in primary care enhances access to type 2 diabetes preventative approaches among high-risk patient population
  1. Stephanie L Fitzpatrick1,2
  1. 1 Institute of Health System Science, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health, Manhasset, New York, USA
  2. 2 Department of Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University/Northwell Health, Uniondale, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephanie L Fitzpatrick, Northwell Health Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Manhasset, New York, USA; Stephanie.L.Fitzpatrick{at}

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Commentary on: Calderón-Larrañaga S, Greenhalgh T, Clinch M, Robson J, Dostal I, Eto F, Finer S. Unravelling the potential of social prescribing in individual-level type 2 diabetes prevention: a mixed-methods realist evaluation. BMC Med. 2023 Mar 13;21(1):91. doi: 10.1186/s12916-023-02796-9.


Implications for practice and research

  • Integrating social prescribing (SP) in primary care increases opportunities to deliver holistic care and facilitate clinic-community partnerships.

  • Research examining the effect of SP on prediabetes-related clinical outcomes is needed.


Recent data suggest that 464 million adults worldwide have pre-diabetes and are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D).1 Social risks (eg, food insecurity, housing instability, financial strain) largely contribute to health inequities, particularly in diabetes incidence.2 SP, also referred to as navigation, involves connecting patients to community-based programmes and resources to address health and social needs. This study by Calderón-Larrañaga et al used a mixed-methods approach to further examine the …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.