Measuring Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Intersectional Stigma among Older Adults with Opioid Use Disorder
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: April 2023 - March 2025
Principal Investigator: Han, Benjamin
Principal Investigator: Inagaki T

Older adults with opioid use disorder who receive care in opioid treatment programs are at heightened risk of being socially isolated, reporting loneliness, and experiencing everyday stigma. Measuring the lack of social connectedness and its relationship to intersectional stigma is important given their possible influence on treatment and health outcomes. The information learned from this project will inform providers and policymakers across the spectrum of clinical care on improving social connectedness among a growing yet often overlooked population made vulnerable.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Han BH, Orozco MA, Miyoshi M, Doland H, Moore AA, Jones KF (2024).
Experiences of aging with opioid use disorder and comorbidity in opioid treatment programs: A qualitative analysis
Journal of General Internal Medicine [Epub 2024 Mar 4]. doi: 10.1007/s11606-024-08676-z.