Can we Predict Chronic Homelessness?
Homeless men and women suffer more illness and sooner death compared to housed people. Among the homeless, there is a group that suffers more illness than others. This group is usually homeless for several months, makes up a smaller proportion of homeless people and uses more resources from emergency shelters than other homeless people. Some have asked if a difference in thinking skills explains how people who are homeless for a long time need more help in getting and keeping housing compared to other homeless persons.
In this study, thinking skills that help a person plan and make decisions will be screened among those who have been homeless for a long time and those who were homeless for a short time. If there is a difference, then screening may change how future homeless people get the help they need.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Retrospective
|Official Title:||A Case-control Study to Determine Whether a Screening Measure of Executive Dysfunction, the Quick EXIT, is Predictive of Chronic Homelessness|
- The Quick EXIT score [ Time Frame: Within 2 weeks of recruitment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- The Colour Trails test score [ Time Frame: Within 2 weeks of recruitment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||September 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Group A - chronically homeless
Men and women, greater than or equal to age 18 years, English-speaking, who are currently homeless and/or housed in an emergency shelter or housing facility for chronically homeless individuals ≥ 6 months.
Group B - control/formerly homeless
Men and women, greater than or equal to 18 years, English-speaking who are not homeless ≥4 times in the last 3 years and currently living in stable housing ≥ 6 months and in the last 3 years, has been homeless ≤ 1 month
|The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre||Not yet recruiting|
|Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8M5|
|Contact: Claire Vayalumkal, BASc, MD 613-737-7350 ext 0 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Claire Vayalumkal, BASc, MD|
|Principal Investigator:||Claire Vayalumkal, BASc, MD||The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre|