The high burden of traumatic brain injury and comorbidities amongst homeless adults with mental illness

The objective of this study was to characterize the prevalence of self-reported head injury with loss of consciousness (LOC) and associated demographic, clinical and service use factors in a sample of homeless adults with mental illness.

Participants in the At Home/Chez Soi study were interviewed at the time of study enrollment regarding their history of head injuries, mental and physical health diagnoses, and justice system and healthcare interactions. Sociodemographic and clinical data were also collected.

Amongst homeless adults with mental illness having a history of head injuries with LOC was independently associated with various adverse outcomes. These individuals constitute a high-risk group who may benefit from specialized services.

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Journal of Psychiatric Research