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This cross-sectional survey was performed to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric disorder among homeless residents of hostels in Edinburgh and to relate it to functional impairment. Full diagnostic assessments were completed on 136/198 (69%) of the subjects. Thirty-one per cent of subjects (95% CI 25, 42) had significant functional impairment and this was most strongly associated with the presence of functional psychosis and cognitive impairment. Few of the cognitively impaired subjects were in contact with health or social services.


Journal article


Health Bull (Edinb)

Publication Date





276 - 279


Adult, Aged, Cognition Disorders, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Homeless Persons, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Mental Disorders, Scotland