Homeless

Prevalence in homeless populations

What is prevalence of bipolar disorder in homeless populations?

Prevalence quantifies the proportion of individuals in a population who have a disease during a specific time period. Many studies have reported a high prevalence of various health problems, including mental health problems, among homeless people. The rate of bipolar disorder in this population may be difficult to measure due to diversity between studies in the definitions of homelessness and the diagnostic criteria used.

What is the evidence regarding prevalence of bipolar disorder in homeless populations?

Moderate quality evidence finds the prevalence of bipolar disorder in homeless people is 11.4%. Rates were similar in European and other countries’ studies and were similar across various diagnostic criteria.

October 2021

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