Association of Social Support for Older Adults Who Live Alone, Prolonged Nursing Home Stays

JAMA Internal Medicine

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What The Study Did: Among 4,700 older adults who lived alone, having identifiable social support was associated with a lower likelihood of a prolonged nursing home stay after a sudden change in health such as a heart attack, cancer diagnosis or hospitalization.

Authors: Sachin J. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Francisco, is the corresponding author.

 

(doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.6588)

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