Am J Public Health volume 108, issue 4, Pe1-e10 2018 DOI: 10.2105/ajph.2017.304256 View full text
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Nicole K. Valtorta, Danielle Collingridge Moore, Lynn Barron, Daniel Stow, Barbara Hanratty

Abstract: Current evidence does not support the view that, independently of health status, older patients with lower levels of social support place greater demands on ambulatory care. Future research on social relationships would benefit from a consensus on clinically relevant concepts to measure. Public Health Implications. Our findings are important for public health because they challenge the notion that lonely older adults are a burden on all health and social care services. In high-income countries, interventions a…

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