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

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


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


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.


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


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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