Education and Consultative Services (formerly OERP) of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital) Microsoft Teams Learning Series: The Relationship Between Loneliness, Isolation, and Social Distancing 10.19.20
The Relationship Between Loneliness, Isolation, and Social Distancing
Both loneliness and social isolation pose myriad health risks. They have been linked to diverse health
outcomes like depression, reduced cognitive functioning, and reduced immune functioning. The COVID-
19 pandemic has led to implementation of unprecedented “social distancing” strategies crucial to
limiting the spread of the virus. In addition to quarantine and isolation procedures for those exposed
to or infected with COVID-19, social distancing is a required measure amongst the general population
to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This training will discuss these constructs, how COVID-19 has
affected our ability to manage them and review coping strategies to help combat the negative
implications of these constructs.
All medical professionals, behavioral health professionals, school personnel, community members, researchers.
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:
1. Define the constructs of loneliness, isolation, and social distancing, their intra-relatedness, and the
mechanisms by which they lead to poor physical and mental health.
2. Review how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased attention on social isolation and
loneliness affecting individuals of all ages.
3. Review intervention strategies to help combat loneliness and social isolation.
Scott J. Lewis, PhD, LPC, Program Director, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 Attendance