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Ivers, Jo-Hanna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7723-8787, Lyons, James and Dunne, Neil (2024) An evaluation of Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) and their operations during the Covid - 19 pandemic for persons experiencing homelessness. Dublin: Peter McVerry Trust.

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The report investigated the response to COVID-19 for those experiencing homelessness and drug use, aiming to identify lessons to inform future recommendations and enhance healthcare provision for these marginalised groups.

 

The study employed a mixed-methods approach, integrating literature synthesis, clinical data analysis, and stakeholder perspectives. It focused on understanding the experiences of PEH during the pandemic, highlighting PMVT’s crucial role in providing services.

 

Key Findings:

  • Clinical Data Analysis: Data from 2893 service users revealed that the majority were Irish nationals (60%), with a significant portion from Dublin City Council (55%). Most participants faced recent homelessness, primarily due to family circumstances, with an average stay of 32 days with PMVT.
  • Subsample Analysis: Analysis of service users with higher needs (n=483) showed varying demographics and health conditions. Those with higher needs had shorter stays, underscoring the need for tailored support.
  • Qualitative Insights: Interviews with stakeholders revealed challenges such as limited substance access, changes in living conditions, and healthcare staffing issues. Positive outcomes included improved access to opioid substitution therapy and a strengthened sense of community among service providers.
  • Collective Intelligence Group Findings: A surge in service adoption during the pandemic was noted, with participants addressing challenges through resourceful strategies and acknowledging the interdependence of stable housing and overall well-being.

 

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
25 May 2024
Pages
132 p.
Publisher
Peter McVerry Trust
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Subjects
B Substances > Alcohol
B Substances > Cocaine > Crack cocaine
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances > Benzodiazepines
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder (addiction) > Multiple substance use (Poly-drug /Poly-substance)
G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Substance related mental health disorder
G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Substance related mental health disorder > Dual diagnosis / comorbidity (mental health)
G Health and disease > Disease by cause (Aetiology) > Communicable / infectious disease > Viral disease / infection > Coronavirus (COVID-19)
HJ Treatment or recovery method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution)
HJ Treatment or recovery method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Opioid agonist treatment (methadone maintenance / buprenorphine)
HJ Treatment or recovery method > Substance disorder treatment method > Detoxification
L Social psychology and related concepts > Waiting for a product or service
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness > Homeless services
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development / co-operation > Workforce / staff skills and training
T Demographic characteristics > Person who uses substances (user / experience)
T Demographic characteristics > Homeless person
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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