Reading Well Books on Prescription Evaluation 2018-19: Final Cumulative Report for England and Wales

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Burgess A, Parkinson A, Trier E, Usher S

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Wavehill social and economic research

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This report presents the cumulative findings from an evaluation of Reading Well Books on Prescription for 2018-19 in England and Wales. This is the sixth annual evaluation of the programme in England and the first-year evaluation for Wales.

Reading Well helps people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The programme is delivered via quality-assured booklists chosen and endorsed by health experts, as well as by people with lived experience of the health conditions covered and their relatives and carers. These lists are available from public libraries through either self-referral or referral by health professionals. The overarching aim of the Reading Well programme is to support people in managing their health and wellbeing through the provision of accredited self-help reading accessed via libraries.

The programme has been running successfully in England since 2013 and now operates across four schemes: Reading Well for mental health, for dementia, for young people and for long term conditions. Following a new funding partnership with Welsh Government, Reading Well has now also been rolled out in Wales in a bilingual format, commencing with the dementia scheme launched in July 2018. The mental health scheme was launched in Wales in June 2019.

The evaluation focused on the following:
• the programme’s impact on users, libraries, health partners and prescribers;
• an assessment of the costs and benefits of the programme as a health intervention;
• a consideration of the particular impact of the programme being made available bilingually (English and Welsh)

Evidence Type: Survey

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Art Forms: Literature

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Trier E., Usher S., Burgess A., Parkinson A (2019). Reading Well Books on Prescription Evaluation 2018-19: Final Cumulative Report for England and Wales.. Aberaeron: Wavehill Ltd