Effective Assessment of Social Isolation

Effective Assessment of Social Isolation

The aim of this project was to review the literature on instruments used for the effective assessment of social isolation amongst clients and for the outcomes assessment of therapeutic interventions designed to reduce social isolation. From this review the best instruments used to assess social isolation were recommended, including any adaptations that may have be required for these instruments (e.g. item modification, field testing, and the development of rating scale versions). In addition to this, the report identified the most promising instruments to use for the assessment and monitoring of social isolation amongst Ageing, Disability and Home Care clients. The recommendations included consideration of the best way to implement assessment and outcome evaluation measures for social isolation in routine practice. The particular target groups for this project were the elderly, young people with disabilities, and their carers.

The final report can be accessed from the link below:

Sansoni J, Marosszeky N, Sansoni E and Fleming G (2010) Final Report: Effective Assessment of Social Isolation. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.

Last reviewed: 16 January, 2017

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