social determinants of health

Loneliness, as compared to solitude, resulted in a 2 to 3 fold increase in one-year mortality. For social creatures like us, loneliness can detrimentally effect our health.
Flawed, idealized metrics like life expectancy are often used to report success of a nation or its health delivery apparatus. A new study suggests the lion's share of curbing premature death may not reside there.