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Dunne, E and Duggan, M and O'Mahony, John (2012) Mental health services for homeless: patient profile and factors associated with suicide and homicide. Irish Medical Journal , 105 , (3) , pp. 71-74.

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This study aimed to establish a profile of users of the mental health service for homeless in Cork, comparing this group with those attending a General Adult Service. The homeless group were significantly more likely to be male (89% v 46%), unemployed (96% v 68%), unmarried (98% v 75%) and under 65 (94% v 83%). Diagnostically, there was a significantly higher prevalence of schizophrenia (50% v 34%); personality disorder (37% v 11%) and substance dependence (74% v 19%) in the homeless service users. They were more likely to have a history of deliberate self harm (54% v 21%) and violence (48% v 10%). Severe mental illness has a high prevalence in the homeless population, with particularly high levels of factors associated with suicide and homicide. Poor compliance and complexity of illness lead to a requirement for significant input from multidisciplinary mental health teams members.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2012
Page Range:pp. 71-74
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Volume:105
Number:3
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Cork
T Demographic characteristics > Homeless person

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