An examination of physical illness and health service use in homeless veterans with PTSD, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and/or bipolar disorder in Nebraska

Sarah Norbeck, Haley Schuster, David Driscoll, Sriram Ramaswamy

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This study examined physical health problems and health service use among homeless veterans with a reported mental health diagnosis. The current sample included a total of 156 homeless male veterans living in Nebraska. Each participant completed a single structured interview with questions pertaining to sociodemographics, clinical characteristics, and use of health services. The results showed that veterans with mental health diagnoses endorsed several physical health problems not endorsed by veterans without such a diagnosis. Participants with a mental health diagnosis were also more likely to report the use of several health services for treatment of medical, mental health, and substance abuse problems. These findings highlight the association of mental illness with physical health problems among homeless veterans and suggest that further work may be needed to address the unique health care needs of this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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