Andrzej Brodziak1,2*, Beata Sudor2 and Alicja Różyk – Myrta2
1Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, Sosnowiec, Koscielna St. Sosnowiec, Poland
2Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Applies Sciences, sa, Armii Krajowej St. Nysa, Poland
Nurses who receive patients in primary care out-patient clinics try also to assess the mental state of patients. One of basic determinants is patient's circumstances in family and social relations, especially his eventual loneliness. It is known, that living alone deteriorate health and well-being. The authors decided to make an initial assessment, in a group of older patients, who visited an outpatient clinic, of the suitability of simple "Satisfaction with Life Scale” for checking the impact of loneliness on general well-being, manifested by a certain level of life satisfaction. The authors found that the level of life satisfaction of older patients, visiting the out-patient clinic is much worse among lonely people. They suggest that determining the level of life satisfaction of patients, who are single people, allows providing important advice on how to deal with their unfavorable living situation.
Primary care; Mental state of patients; Loneliness; Satisfaction with life
Brodziak A, Sudor B, Różyk – Myrta A. The Preliminary Evaluation of Influence of Loneliness of Older Patients on their Life Satisfaction. Ann Nurs Primary Care. 2018; 1(1): 1002.