Preventing social isolation in later life: findings and insights from a pilot Queensland intervention study

Bartlett, Helen, Warburton, Jeni, Lui, Chi-Wai, Peach, Linda and Carroll, Matthew (2012) Preventing social isolation in later life: findings and insights from a pilot Queensland intervention study. Ageing and Society, 33 7: 1167-1189. doi:10.1017/S0144686X12000463

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Author Bartlett, Helen
Warburton, Jeni
Lui, Chi-Wai
Peach, Linda
Carroll, Matthew
Title Preventing social isolation in later life: findings and insights from a pilot Queensland intervention study
Journal name Ageing and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-686X
Publication date 2012
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0144686X12000463
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 7
Start page 1167
End page 1189
Total pages 23
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The isolation of older people is recognised as a major social problem in contemporary Western society. While the risk factors and social or health outcomes of isolation and loneliness in later life are well documented, evidence regarding the effectiveness of programmes aimed at reducing social isolation in older people remains inconclusive. This paper reports on the challenges of attempting to undertake a rigorous evaluation of three demonstration pilot projects targeting older people at risk of social isolation, conducted within different social settings in Queensland, Australia. The demonstration projects were part of the Queensland Cross-Government Project to Reduce Social Isolation in Older People (CGPRSIOP) led by the Office for Seniors within the Queensland Department of Communities. In the absence of good evaluation of programmes aimed at social isolation, this government-run programme incorporated validated psychological measures to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. While use of these measures suggested some promising results, the focus of this paper is on the methodological and practical challenges associated with utilising evaluation measures in community-based interventions. The detailed consideration of the methodological issues involved in this programme highlights some key lessons and offers new insights into evaluating interventions for reducing social isolation.
Keyword Social isolation
Older people
Public policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 30 May 2012.

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