Loneliness and Social Isolation as a Risk Factor: The Power of Social Connection
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0.50 CME/CNE/CE Credits
0 CPE Credits
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Social relationships are adaptive and crucial for survival, yet in light of the current pandemic we have limited means of fulfilling this biological need. Indeed, evidence suggests social isolation and loneliness were prevalent prior to the pandemic and may be exacerbated. Social connections have powerful influences on health and longevity and that lacking social connection qualifies as a risk factor for premature mortality. Growing evidence also points to the short-term effects on biomarkers of health and health relevant behaviors, guiding understanding of both the causal mechanisms by which social connection influences physical health and the ways in which this influence can inform potential intervention strategies. A recent National Academy of Science consensus committee report provides recommendations for how this evidence can inform medical and healthcare. The current pandemic has shown us how integral social contact is to every aspect of our lives, and thus each of these sectors can play an important role in solutions.
- Evaluate the robust evidence which documents significant morbidity and mortality risk associated with social isolation and loneliness.
- Review how a significant portion of the population is isolated, lonely, or both, and how restrictions associated with the pandemic may exacerbate the problem.
- Discuss how given the public health and clinical importance of social isolation and loneliness, greater prioritization is needed to design, evaluate, and scale evidence-based solutions.
Julianne Holt Lunstad, PhD? – Professor, Brigham Young University
Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, where she is also the director of the social neuroscience lab. She also has an adjunct professorship at Swinburne University of Technology; Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection. Her work has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality. She serves as a scientific advisor and consults regularly for organizations across sectors aimed at addressing this issue including expert testimony in a US Congressional Hearing, expert recommendations for the US Surgeon General Emotional Well-Being in America Initiative, a member of the UK Cross Departmental Loneliness Team, and a member of a National Academy of Sciences consensus committee. Her work has been widely recognized within her discipline including several awards and is regularly highlighted in major media outlets.
LM2020 On Demand sessions are hosted online via the ACLM Learning Management System and each session consists of a title, description, learning objectives, speaker information, video recording, presentation slides in PDF format, an assessment and survey evaluation.
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Term of Approval
February 22, 2021 – February 22, 2023
Access to course: access to online material is granted through the term of approval which ends February 22, 2023.
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Rush University Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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AAFP Prescribed Credits
The AAFP has reviewed LM2020 OnDemand: Health Restored Virtual Conference, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 02/22/2021 to 02/22/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes the following session: 0.50 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed Credit(s) - Loneliness and Social Isolation as a Risk Factor: The Power of Social Connection
The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) has approved 0.50 continuing education credits for NBC-HWCs upon successful completion of this LM2020 OnDemand Health Restored Virtual Conference session.
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