A nurse has identified that one of her patients is socially isolated from others of her own age group. Which best describes when social isolation would be considered a problem for the patient?

 

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- The patient experiences loneliness and feels cut off from others

- The patient can only name 2 close friends

- The patient is so busy that she often does not have time for others

- The patient is unable to take care of other people

Rationale

Social isolation is the concept that a patient is separated or otherwise detached from others in the group. Some introverted people do not consider social isolation to be a problem; however, it can become an issue if a socially isolated person experiences loneliness or does not have adequate support.

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