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dc.contributor.authorO’Farrell, A
dc.contributor.authorEvans, DS
dc.contributor.authorAllen, M
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-26T14:14:45Z
dc.date.available2016-10-26T14:14:45Z
dc.date.issued2016-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/620888
dc.descriptionEstimates show that homelessness is increasing in Ireland. This study analysed the epidemiology of emergency hospitalisations among those experiencing homelessness between 2005-2014. All in-patient admissions to acute hospitals classified with ‘no fixed abode’ were extracted from the Hospital In-patient Enquiry System. Data were analysed using JMP. There were 2,051 in-patient emergency admissions of people classified with ‘no fixed abode’ during the study period, an increase of 406% since 2005 (78 in 2005 vs. 395 in 2014). The mean age was 40.6 (S.D. 13.2). The majority of patients (1,176 /2,051; 57%) had a mental/ behavioural diagnosis. Over one in ten (280; 13.7%) were admitted for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) including convulsions/epilepsy (N=92/280; 32.9%), cellulitis (62/280; 22.1%) and COPD (29/280; 10.4%). The health of homeless people is a fundamental issue that needs addressing. Access to, and use of, community and preventative services is needed to reduce utilisation of emergency hospital services.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.relation.urlhttp://imj.ie/this-months-imj-october-2016-vol-109-number-9/en
dc.subjectHOMELESS PEOPLEen
dc.subjectHOMELESSNESSen
dc.subjectEPIDEMIOLOGYen
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen
dc.titleThe epidemiology of emergency in-patient hospitalisations among those with ‘No Fixed Abode’ (Homeless) 2005-2014: what lessons can be learnten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-27T17:28:20Z


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