Reading the full evaluation report for Reading Well Books on Prescription 2014-15.
Read the full evaluation report for Reading Well Books on Prescription 2013-14.
You can see some of the key findings from the 2013-14 report below:
- Reading Well Books on Prescription has achieved a significant national and international profile for public libraries' health work.
- It is a universal public library health offer in England available in nearly all (91%) of English library authorities.
- In its first year, the scheme has reached approximately 275,000 people - 0.7% of the adult population of England.
- It has achieved a 113% increase in library loans of core list titles.
- It has also achieved a 70% increase in publisher sales across the list.
- The scheme has been an important source of help and support for people with common mental health conditions.
- 91% of service users surveyed said the book they had read had been helpful; 79% said it had helped them understand more about their condition, 73% said it had helped them feel more confident about managing their symptoms, and 37% said that their symptoms had reduced or got better.
- Most people surveyed (80%) had self-referred to the scheme, often via the user leaflet.
- There are an estimated 7,000 prescribers working with the scheme across England, mostly GPs and IAPT professionals.
- All prescribers surveyed agreed the scheme had been helpful for patients. Nearly all said that the recommended reading had helped people feel more confident about managing their symptoms.
- Just under half of prescribers surveyed felt the scheme had saved them consultation time. Other identified benefits include greater patient insight and learning, help with recovery, treatment in line with the stepped care model, and reduction in the need to refer on for further care.
- There is strong prescriber endorsement for the role of public libraries as providers of free accredited health information. Nearly all prescribers said they would be interested in future library lists focused on dementia and children and young people's mental health conditions.
We will continue to collect feedback on the scheme from people who have used it.
We've developed an online user feedback form. This is signposted in the user leaflet and you may want to link to it from your local library website. Information from this form will be analysed by The Reading Agency.
Read a selection of case studies with Reading Well Books on Prescription service users, health professionals and library staff.
Please do get in touch if you know of service users who would be willing to provide Reading Well Books on Prescription case studies, or if you're a member of library staff and have a best practice case study to share.