Fighting social isolation in times of pandemic COVID-19: the role of video calls for older hospitalized patients.

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Title
Fighting social isolation in times of pandemic COVID-19: the role of video calls for older hospitalized patients.
Journal
Aging clinical and experimental research
Author(s)
Dürst A.V., Graf C.E., Ruggiero C., Zekry D., Boccardi V., Monney L., Joss I., Vuilloud K., Vespignani G., Bosshard W., Mecocci P., Bula C.J., D'Amelio P.
ISSN
1720-8319 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1594-0667
Publication state
Published
Issued date
09/2022
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
34
Number
9
Pages
2245-2253
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article ; Multicenter Study ; Observational Study
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Loneliness and social isolation are associated with anxiety and psychological discomfort, especially amongst the oldest and fragile persons.
SILVER evaluates the acceptance of video calls by old hospitalized patients and their relatives during the ban on visits due to the COVID-19. Moreover, SILVER evaluates if the use of different communication technology is associated with different outcomes in terms of anxiety, fear of self and of others' death and mood.
SILVER is an observational multicentre study. Patients hospitalized in two geriatric units in Switzerland and in one orthogeriatric unit in Italy and their relatives were enrolled. Participants can freely choose to use phone or video calls and were evaluated over a week. We measured anxiety, fear of death and mood at baseline and at the end of the study with standard scales. The use of video or phone calls was associated to a change in these parameters by two-way ANOVA for repeated measures.
Sixty-four patients and relatives were enrolled, 26.5% used phone calls and 73.5% video calls. The use of video calls was associated with a reduction in anxiety and fear of death in patients and relatives as compared to participants using phone calls.
Old patients and their relatives accepted and appreciated the use of video calls during hospitalization; moreover, participant using video calls appears to be less anxious and less afraid of death.
Video calls may be a useful communication tool for hospitalized older patients to keep social relationships with relatives and reduce their anxiety and fear of death.
Retrospectively registered on 1st September 2021 in ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT05000099).
Keywords
Aged, COVID-19/epidemiology, Humans, Loneliness, Pandemics, Phobic Disorders, Social Isolation, Aging, COVID 19, Communication, Hospital, Social isolation, Technology
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Web of science
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