Chronic loneliness leads to more GP visits

It comes as little surprise that older patients who are lonely tend to see their doctor more often than those who are not socially isolated.

This is confirmed in a new study that shows many lonely older adults see their GP because they are lonely and not because they are necessarily in poor health, although there is a correlation between the two.

However, lonely people are no more likely to be hospitalised or to seek hospitalisation than the general