What we did
To understand the scope of the research on social isolation in aged care, we carried out a scoping review to find systematic reviews on this topic. We then analysed the reviews to identify the major themes discussed across this literature.
What we found
The scoping review identified 16 reviews on social isolation and aged care published since 2012. From these reviews, four theme topics commonly highlighted in the reviews were identified. These topics have become the ‘evidence themes’ within the Knowledge and Implementation Hub. They include support group interventions, reminiscence therapy, social connectedness and activity programs.
There is a scant body of evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions for social isolation in aged care settings, particularly on what works for whom, and under what circumstances. More research is urgently needed to address this important issue.