An evaluation of the effectiveness of a community mentoring service for socially isolated older people: a controlled trial
Taylor, Rod S.
BMC Public Health
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Social isolation affects a significant proportion of older people and is associated with poor health outcomes. The current evidence base regarding the effectiveness of interventions targeting social isolation is poor, and the potential utility of mentoring for this purpose has not previously been rigorously evaluated. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a community-based mentoring service for improving mental health, social engagement and physical health for socially isolated older people.
Department of Work and Pensions
Department of Health
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