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AIDS Care. 2012;24(12):1514-8. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2012.672720. Epub 2012 Apr 25.

Specific psychiatric correlates of acute care utilization among unstably housed HIV-positive adults.

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San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, USA. maggie.chartier@ucsf.edu

Abstract

The role of specific psychiatric diagnoses in emergency department use and/or inpatient hospitalizations (acute care) has not been extensively examined among HIV-infected, unstably housed persons. A community-recruited sample of 284 HIV-infected, unstably housed adults completed the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for DSM-IV. One-third of participants screened positive for major depression and stimulant use disorders. Sleeping on the street [adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 4.21], major depression (AOR = 2.88) and stimulant use disorders (AOR = 4.45) were associated with greater odds of acute care use. Housing and effective treatment of depression and stimulant use disorders may decrease use of acute care services in this population.

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22533713
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PMC3789372
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10.1080/09540121.2012.672720
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