‘On their own’: social isolation, loneliness and chronic musculoskeletal pain in older adults

Smith, Toby (2017) ‘On their own’: social isolation, loneliness and chronic musculoskeletal pain in older adults. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 18 (2). pp. 87-92. ISSN 1471-7794

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Abstract

Purpose: In this paper, the concepts of social isolation and loneliness will be explored in relation to people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Through this, biological, psychological and social factors will be examined to consider how we can identified people at risk of social isolation and loneliness who have chronic musculoskeletal pain and secondly how health professionals may intervene to reduce their effects. Design/methodology/approach: Conceptual paper. Findings: Social isolation and loneliness is evident in people with chronic musculoskeletal diseases. This may be bi-directional where both pain may lead to social isolation and loneliness, or social isolation and loneliness may exacerbate pain. Interventions to improve the symptoms of chronic musculoskeletal pain, and approaches around social participation and engagement should be adopted in combination to ameliorate this potentially disabling scenario. Originality/value: There remains limited evidence around the prevalence and management of social isolation and loneliness for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. By raising awareness of social isolation and loneliness in this population, people with chronic musculoskeletal pain may be better supported to reduce the negative impact that social isolation and loneliness can have on their health and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: musculoskeletal,arthritis,loneliness,isolation,morbidity,depression ,rheumatology
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 05:12
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 23:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63168
DOI: 10.1108/QAOA-03-2017-0010

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