Measuring Loneliness study (INTERACT2)

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Social isolation and loneliness (SI&L) have profound implications for public health, affecting both physical and mental well-being. With a focus on addressing the escalating incidence of SI&L, particularly in London’s Hammersmith & Fulham borough (LBH&F), our research seeks to assess its prevalence across England using online tools. Targeting vulnerable populations, including those with limited cognitive capacity, developmental disorders, dementia, and serious mental illnesses, we aim to identify effective interventions. Through dissemination in peer-reviewed journals, our findings aim to inform policies and practices to combat SI&L. Collaboratively led by Imperial College London’s School of Public Health, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the Measuring Loneliness (INTERACT) study represents a pioneering effort to map loneliness at the borough and city levels. By engaging thousands of community dwellers aged 16 and over through online surveys, this study aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of loneliness’s impact across various regions, supported by funding from NIHR Applied Research Collaboration NWL.

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