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.