The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizensCitation formats

  • External authors:
  • Siok Swan Tan
  • Irene Fierloos
  • Xuxi Zhang
  • Elin Koppelaar
  • Tamara Alhambra-Borras
  • Tasos Rentoumis
  • Tomislav Rukavina
  • Rob van Staveren
  • Jordi Garces
  • Carmen Frances
  • Hein Raat

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The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens. / Tan, Siok Swan; Fierloos, Irene; Zhang, Xuxi; Koppelaar, Elin; Alhambra-Borras, Tamara; Rentoumis, Tasos; Williams, Gregory; Rukavina, Tomislav; van Staveren, Rob; Garces, Jordi; Frances, Carmen; Raat, Hein.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17.01.2020.

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Tan, SS, Fierloos, I, Zhang, X, Koppelaar, E, Alhambra-Borras, T, Rentoumis, T, Williams, G, Rukavina, T, van Staveren, R, Garces, J, Frances, C & Raat, H 2020, 'The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020600

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Tan, S. S., Fierloos, I., Zhang, X., Koppelaar, E., Alhambra-Borras, T., Rentoumis, T., Williams, G., Rukavina, T., van Staveren, R., Garces, J., Frances, C., & Raat, H. (2020). The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020600

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Tan SS, Fierloos I, Zhang X, Koppelaar E, Alhambra-Borras T, Rentoumis T et al. The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 Jan 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020600

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Tan, Siok Swan ; Fierloos, Irene ; Zhang, Xuxi ; Koppelaar, Elin ; Alhambra-Borras, Tamara ; Rentoumis, Tasos ; Williams, Gregory ; Rukavina, Tomislav ; van Staveren, Rob ; Garces, Jordi ; Frances, Carmen ; Raat, Hein. / The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens. In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020.

Bibtex

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title = "The association between loneliness and Health Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens",
abstract = "Background: This study aimed to assess the association between loneliness and Health-Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens in five European countries. We characterize loneliness broadly from an emotional and social perspective. Methods: This cross-sectional study measured loneliness with the 6-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale and HR-QoL with the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey. The association between loneliness and HR-QoL was examined using multivariable linear regression models. Results: Data of 2169 citizens of at least 70 years of age and living independently (mean age = 79.6 ± 5.6; 61% females) were analyzed. Among the participants, 1007 (46%) were lonely; 627 (29%) were emotionally and 575 (27%) socially lonely. Participants who were lonely experienced a lower HR-QoL than participants who were not lonely (p ≤ 0.001). Emotional loneliness [std-β: −1.39; 95%-CI: −1.88 to −0.91] and social loneliness [−0.95; −1.44 to −0.45] were both associated with a lower physical HR-QoL. Emotional loneliness [−3.73; −4.16 to −3.31] and social loneliness [−1.84; −2.27 to −1.41] were also both associated with a lower mental HR-QoL. Conclusions: We found a negative association between loneliness and HR-QoL, especially between emotional loneliness and mental HR-QoL. This finding indicates that older citizens who miss an intimate or intense emotional relationship and interventions targeting mental HR-QoL deserve more attention in policy and practice than in the past.",
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AU - Tan, Siok Swan

AU - Fierloos, Irene

AU - Zhang, Xuxi

AU - Koppelaar, Elin

AU - Alhambra-Borras, Tamara

AU - Rentoumis, Tasos

AU - Williams, Gregory

AU - Rukavina, Tomislav

AU - van Staveren, Rob

AU - Garces, Jordi

AU - Frances, Carmen

AU - Raat, Hein

PY - 2020/1/17

Y1 - 2020/1/17

N2 - Background: This study aimed to assess the association between loneliness and Health-Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens in five European countries. We characterize loneliness broadly from an emotional and social perspective. Methods: This cross-sectional study measured loneliness with the 6-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale and HR-QoL with the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey. The association between loneliness and HR-QoL was examined using multivariable linear regression models. Results: Data of 2169 citizens of at least 70 years of age and living independently (mean age = 79.6 ± 5.6; 61% females) were analyzed. Among the participants, 1007 (46%) were lonely; 627 (29%) were emotionally and 575 (27%) socially lonely. Participants who were lonely experienced a lower HR-QoL than participants who were not lonely (p ≤ 0.001). Emotional loneliness [std-β: −1.39; 95%-CI: −1.88 to −0.91] and social loneliness [−0.95; −1.44 to −0.45] were both associated with a lower physical HR-QoL. Emotional loneliness [−3.73; −4.16 to −3.31] and social loneliness [−1.84; −2.27 to −1.41] were also both associated with a lower mental HR-QoL. Conclusions: We found a negative association between loneliness and HR-QoL, especially between emotional loneliness and mental HR-QoL. This finding indicates that older citizens who miss an intimate or intense emotional relationship and interventions targeting mental HR-QoL deserve more attention in policy and practice than in the past.

AB - Background: This study aimed to assess the association between loneliness and Health-Related Quality of Life (HR-QoL) among community-dwelling older citizens in five European countries. We characterize loneliness broadly from an emotional and social perspective. Methods: This cross-sectional study measured loneliness with the 6-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale and HR-QoL with the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey. The association between loneliness and HR-QoL was examined using multivariable linear regression models. Results: Data of 2169 citizens of at least 70 years of age and living independently (mean age = 79.6 ± 5.6; 61% females) were analyzed. Among the participants, 1007 (46%) were lonely; 627 (29%) were emotionally and 575 (27%) socially lonely. Participants who were lonely experienced a lower HR-QoL than participants who were not lonely (p ≤ 0.001). Emotional loneliness [std-β: −1.39; 95%-CI: −1.88 to −0.91] and social loneliness [−0.95; −1.44 to −0.45] were both associated with a lower physical HR-QoL. Emotional loneliness [−3.73; −4.16 to −3.31] and social loneliness [−1.84; −2.27 to −1.41] were also both associated with a lower mental HR-QoL. Conclusions: We found a negative association between loneliness and HR-QoL, especially between emotional loneliness and mental HR-QoL. This finding indicates that older citizens who miss an intimate or intense emotional relationship and interventions targeting mental HR-QoL deserve more attention in policy and practice than in the past.

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