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Making the case for investing in actions to prevent and/or tackle loneliness: a systematic review. A briefing paper

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MCDAID David, BAUER Annette, PARK A-La

Publisher(s):

London School of Economics. Personal Social Services Research Unit

Publication year:

2017

Summarises findings from a systematic review on the available economic evidence on the cost effectiveness of loneliness interventions for older people. The review found mixed evidence for the cost effectiveness of befriending interventions and the benefits of participation in social activities, ranging from cost saving to cost ineffective interventions. Recent evidence identified suggests that signposting and navigation services have the potential to be cost effective, with a saving of up to £3 of health costs for every £1 invested. The paper also makes suggestions for strengthening the evidence based on the cost effectiveness of interventions to address loneliness. (Edited publisher abstract)


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