This book presents a compelling weight of evidence about how belonging to social groups confers advantages that help people to achieve and sustain good physical and mental health. A huge volume of work has been done to take the evidence-base to where it currently stands. But, arguably, the work required to embed these psychosocial understandings and, importantly, their implications for healthcare, is a larger and more challenging task. The contents of Chapters 23, 24 and 25 should be real assets in so doing.
One of the intentions of this book is to identify effective methods that can be applied to improving healthcare outcomes and delivery. However, linking people’s social relationships with their health, their social groupings, their communities and, within them, health and social care service functioning is undeniably complex involving far more than changing or adding a service.