Loneliness, Social Isolation and Admittance to Hospital: Evidence from ELSA linked to HES
27 February 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Seminar organised by the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
This event is free.
- UCL staff | UCL students
Anitha George & Carlos Valencia
B171-19 Torrington PlaceLondonWC1E 7HB
The importance of social relationships to health is well recognised. Both loneliness and social isolation have been found to be longitudinally associated with mental illness, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), neurological disorders such as dementia, and mortality. However, what remains under-researched is how these social factors affect healthcare utilisation relating to different conditions.
Using ELSA data linked with Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), I will present a series of findings on the relationship between loneliness, social isolation and hospital admissions as a result of falls, CVD, and A&E visits amongst older adults. The relationship between loneliness, social isolation and hospital admissions appears to vary depending on the cause of visits to hospital. A number of mechanisms which underlie these differences will be discussed.
About the Speaker
Dr Feifei Bu
Research Fellow in statistics at UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health
Dr Feifei Bu is a research fellow in statistics. She graduated from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex in 2015. She joined the Department of Behavioural Science and Health in May, 2019. Her current research agenda is focused on social relationships and health, social prescribing, and health care service utilisation. She is experienced in administrative health data, such as Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Scottish Morbidity Records (SMR).