LONELINESS AND DEPRESSION AMONG INSTITUTIONALIZED AND NON-INSTITUTIONALIZED ELDERS COMPARATIVE STUDY
Background: Loneliness is defined as a subjective phenomenon, based upon people's perceptions or experiences of a deficiency in their social relationships. Depression is the commonest psychiatric…
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