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Moloney, Noreen and O'Donnell, Patrick and Elzain, Musaab and Bashir, Ahmad and Dunne, Colum P and Kelly, Brendan D and Gulati, Gautam (2021) Homelessness amongst psychiatric inpatients: a cross-sectional study in the mid-west of Ireland. Irish Journal of Medical Science , Early online . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-021-02546-x.


Background

This cross-sectional study sought to establish the prevalence of homelessness amongst inpatients in two psychiatric units in Ireland and explore the perceived relationship between psychiatric illness and homelessness.

Methods

The study employed a semi-structured interview format utilising a specifically designed questionnaire which received ethical approval from the Limerick University Hospitals Group ethics committee.

Results

Fifty psychiatric inpatients were interviewed. Fifteen were either “currently” homeless (n = 8) or had experienced “past” homelessness (n = 7). Those who had experienced homelessness were more likely to have a psychotic illness. A majority of those who had experienced homelessness believed that psychiatric illness contributed to their homelessness. Involuntary admission rates were more than double for patients in the homeless group. A number of participants also reported that a lack of accommodation was preventing their discharge.

Conclusion

Homelessness affects a significant number of psychiatric patients and can be both a contributory factor to, and consequence of, mental illness. With homelessness at unprecedented levels, there is a need for the development of tailored programmes aimed at supporting these vulnerable groups.

 

Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
All substances, Behavioural addiction
Date
2021
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-021-02546-x
Publisher
Springer
Volume
Early online
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