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Abstract Title:

Social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for hospital admissions for respiratory disease among older adults.

Abstract Source:

Thorax. 2020 Apr 21. Epub 2020 Apr 21. PMID: 32317268

Abstract Author(s):

Feifei Bu, Keir Philip, Daisy Fancourt

Article Affiliation:

Feifei Bu


Rising hospital admissions due to respiratory disease (RD) are a major challenge to hospitals. This study explored modifiable social risk factors among 4478 older adults from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Data were linked with administrative hospital records and mortality registry data (follow-up 9.6 years) and analysed using survival analysis accounting for competing risks. Living alone and social disengagement but not social contact or loneliness were associated with an increased risk of RD admissions, independent of socio-demographic, health and behaviour factors. Providing support for disengaged adults living alone who are at risk of RD admissions should be explored.

Study Type : Human Study

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