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Survey Finds Nearly Three-Quarters (72%) of Americans Feel Lonely

A new survey of more than 2,000 American adults found 72 percent report having felt a sense of loneliness, with nearly a third (31 percent) experiencing loneliness at least once a week. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association in September. 

Isolation is often an underlying factor in many of the most common health conditions, including chronic pain, substance abuse and depression, according to osteopathic physicians. For patients who are experiencing loneliness, DOs recommend seeing a physician to determine whether those feelings are caused by depression. To limit lonliness, patients can also take simple steps to increase real social engagement.

Read the full news release for more information. Learn more about DOs and the osteopathic approach to medicine by visiting www.DoctorsThatDO.org.

 

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.