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O'Carroll, Austin (2021) Interim report on mortality in single homeless population 2020. Dublin: Dublin Region Homeless Executive.

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This is an Interim Report on the mortality of single people experiencing homelessness in the Dublin region. The reason it is not complete is due to an inability to access the necessary data to provide a complete report. The report will be finalised when death certificates and inquest reports and data from Central Statistics Office on deaths in general population are available. The Coroner has agreed to allow a review of the death certificates and inquest reports. This work cannot take place, however, until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. In addition, there is a backlog of inquests from 2020 and these may not be fully available till the end of 2021.

In order to ascertain whether mortality rates in the homeless population are higher than should be expected, there is a need to compare them to mortality rates in the general population. This is done by creating a standarised mortality ratio (SMR). This is calculated by dividing the number of people who have died in the observed group by the number of people who would have been expected to die. The number expected to die is calculated from the death rate in the general population. Thus, for example, a SMR of 2 would mean that the mortality rate for people experiencing homelessness was twice that of the general population. In comparing mortality rates across a number of years, SMRs are the appropriate rates to use as they take into account any factor that may lead to a rise of deaths in both homelessness and the general population. 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to create SMRs for 2019 and 2020, as the data on deaths in the general population in 2019 and 2020 will not be available until October 2021 and October 2022 respectively.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Prevention, Harm reduction
Dublin Region Homeless Executive
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HRB (Electronic Only)

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