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Risk Factors for Social Isolation Among Older Adults in Long Term Care: A Scoping Review

Version 1 : Received: 29 December 2020 / Approved: 31 December 2020 / Online: 31 December 2020 (09:24:17 CET)

How to cite: Boamah, S.A.; Weldrick, R.; Lee, T.J.; Taylor, N. Risk Factors for Social Isolation Among Older Adults in Long Term Care: A Scoping Review. Preprints 2020, 2020120779 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0779.v1). Boamah, S.A.; Weldrick, R.; Lee, T.J.; Taylor, N. Risk Factors for Social Isolation Among Older Adults in Long Term Care: A Scoping Review. Preprints 2020, 2020120779 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0779.v1).

Abstract

Objectives: A wealth of literature has established risk factors for social isolation among older people, however much of this research has focused on community-dwelling populations. Relatively little is known about how risk of social isolation is experienced among those living in long-term care (LTC) homes. We conducted a scoping review to identify possible risk factors for social isolation among older adults living in LTC homes. Methods: A systematic search of five online databases retrieved 1535 unique articles. Eight studies met the inclusion criteria. Results: Thematic analyses revealed that possible risk factors exist at three levels: individual (e.g., communication barriers), systems (e.g., location of LTC facility), and structural factors (e.g., discrimination). Discussion: Our review identified several risk factors for social isolation that have been previously documented in literature, in addition to several risks that may be unique to those living in LTC homes. Results highlight several scholarly and practical implications.

Subject Areas

Social isolation; risk factors; older adults; long-term care

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