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Invited Commentary
July 23, 2012

Loneliness and Living AloneComment on “Loneliness in Older Persons” and “Living Alone and Cardiovascular Risk in Outpatients at Risk of or With Atherothrombosis”

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(14):1084-1085. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2649

Social Support —few concepts in epidemiology have proven more elusive to define. While the term is used loosely to describe the care and companionship we receive from family and friends, in epidemiology it refers to an abstract construct that has been linked to numerous health outcomes. As a result, social support has received considerable attention in the literature as an important disease prognosticator despite issues with measurement and lack of clear implications for applying this knowledge.

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