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Homelessness

How is homelessness related to schizophrenia? 

Many studies have reported a high prevalence of various health problems, including mental health problems, among homeless people. However, the rate of schizophrenia in this population may be difficult to measure due to diversity between studies in the definitions of homelessness and the diagnostic criteria used for schizophrenia.

What is the evidence for homelessness?

Moderate quality evidence suggests the average prevalence rates of schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders in homeless populations is around 11% to 13%, with rates varying substantially across regions. Rates are higher for people who are homeless over the long term compared to the short term, and are higher for women than for men..

Also see the prevalence of schizophrenia in homeless populations topic.

April 2016

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