three older men standing and chatting and smilingAcceptability of social prescribing for men with prostate cancer

The National Cancer Strategy of Ireland (2017-2016) identified the need for community-based supports to improve health of cancer survivors. Social prescribing is a community service that links individuals with services in their community to improve physical and mental health. However, there is a lack of research on social prescribing for individuals with cancer. The objective of this study therefore was to explore potential acceptability of social prescribing as a community support service for men with cancer.


Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute CREST award

Research Team

Professor Deirdre Connolly (Co-PI) and Mr. Peter Lonergan (Co-PI), St. James’s Hospital.

Co-Investigators: Ms. Anna Loughlin, St. James’s Hospital; Dr Moya Cunningham, St. Luke’s Hospital - St. James’s Campus; Ms. Kay Leonard, St. Luke’s Hospital - St. James’s Campus; and Mr. Rustom Manecksha, Tallaght University Hospital.

Research Collaborators

Louise McLoughlin, St. James’s Hospital; Pierre Thirion, St. Luke’s Hospital - St. James’s Campus; Claudia Carvajal Sanjines, St. Luke’s Hospital - St. James’s Campus; Rowan Casey, Tallaght University Hospital; Lisa Smyth, Tallaght University Hospital; Diarmuid Sugrue, Tallaght University Hospital; Arun Thomas, Tallaght University Hospital; Nicola Lowry, Tallaght University Hospital; and Anne Marie O’Shea, Tallaght University Hospital.