Longitudinal analysis of the relationship between social health and health care utilization among older women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Previous studies have reported associations between social health and health care utilization. However, these associations were not consistent. The current study will examine the association between social support, loneliness and health care utilization. This study will also examine differences between women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The findings of this study will contribute the understanding of the long-term effect of loneliness and social support on health care utilization. It will provide knowledge that is necessary to improve the screening and treatment of older women in the health care system and to prevent unnecessary health care use.