Books on Prescription – community-based health initiative to increase access to mental health treatment: an evaluation

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Abstract

Objective:

To evaluate the implementation of a regional Books on Prescription (BoP) programme.

Methods:

Seven data collection pathways were used to provide indicators of program implementation, utilisation, acceptability and reach.

Results:

BoP is seen by prescribers, librarians and consumers as a valuable mental health resource. Key areas for improvement were identified: booklist literacy level and breadth of topic area; confidentiality; program promotion; and prescriber/librarian training.

Conclusions:

Recommendations are made regarding the improvement of programme acceptability, accessibility and assessment.

Implications:

The establishment of a national BoP scheme would facilitate sustainable and consistent methods for BoP promotion and assessment. The authors hope this evaluation is a step towards actualising this goal.

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