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

Maggie Chartier, Adam W. Carrico, Sheri D. Weiser, Margot B. Kushel, Elise D. Riley

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1514-1518
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume24
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • acute care
  • depression
  • healthcare utilization
  • homelessness
  • stimulant abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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