Abstract| Volume 23, ISSUE 3, SUPPLEMENT , S168-S169, March 2015

The Impact of Loneliness on Quality-of-Life and Patient Satisfaction Among Sicker, Older Adults

      Loneliness refers to a discrepancy, either in quality or quantity, between the individual's desired and actual social relations. Prevalence rates for loneliness among older adults range from 25% to 60%. Loneliness is highly associated with depression, poor health status, disabilities and decreased quality-of-life (QOL). In addition, those with mental health conditions are often not satisfied with medical services. Purpose: To estimate prevalence rates of loneliness, identify member characteristics associated with loneliness and estimate the impact of loneliness on QOL and patient satisfaction with medical services.
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