'Welzijn op Recept' (Social Prescribing): a helping hand in re-establishing social contacts - an explorative qualitative study

Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2018 May;19(3):223-231. doi: 10.1017/S1463423617000809. Epub 2017 Dec 22.


'Welzijn op Recept' is an intervention in which primary care providers refer patients with psychosocial problems to a community well-being organisation. Welzijn op Recept has been helping participants in the town of Nieuwegein, the Netherlands for more than three years. An impact study was carried out from September to December 2014. The qualitative study aimed to determine what happens in the chain of the social prescription and what changes the participant experiences in terms of social participation. The participants in this study were selected by the well-being coaches. A total of 10 semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted. This study has shown that the participants had confidence in their referral to the community well-being organisation. The well-being coaches constitute a link between primary care providers, patients and the community well-being organisation. Participants have explicitly indicated that they experienced an increase in their own strength, self-confidence, self-reliance and the number of social contacts, and stated that they are experiencing better health. A point of special interest in the current programme is the planning of structured follow-up interviews after starting up an activity.

Keywords: Welzijn op Recept; health; self-confidence; self-reliance; social contacts; social prescribing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Mental Health Centers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Netherlands
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Social Support*