This report provides insight into the impact of community business-related approaches to health and social care on users’ outcomes, in particular exploring how effective
they are in delivering outcomes for users. Community businesses are rooted within a particular area, trade for the benefit of the local community, are accountable to and led by the local community and demonstrate broad community impact. In recent years community businesses have emerged in the wider health and social care market to address factors in local communities that may benefit or harm health and wellbeing. Moreover, publications focused on the evaluation of health and wellbeing benefits of community businesses have also increased
within the last four years.
McClean, S., Ismail, S., Powell, J., Jones, M., Kimberlee, R., Bird, E., & Shaw, P. Systematic review of community business related approaches to health and social care