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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of ‘At home’ participants by consent status at enrolment visit

From: Accuracy of reported service use in a cohort of people who are chronically homeless and seriously mentally ill

Variable The entire sample (n = 497) n (%)/mean (SD) Eligible samplea (n = 433) n (%)/mean (SD) Not eligible sampleb (n = 64) n (%)/mean (SD) P valuec
Age at randomization (in years) 40.8 (11.0) 40.8 (11.0) 41.4 (11.0) 0.682
Age of first homelessness (in years) 30.3 (13.3) 30.1 (13.4) 31.9 (12.6) 0.301
Female gender 134 (27) 112 (26) 22 (34) 0.165
Ethnicity
 Aboriginals 77 (16) 70 (16) 7 (11) 0.054
 White 280 (56) 235 (54) 45 (70)  
 Other 140 (28) 128 (30) 12 (19)  
Incomplete High School 280 (57) 247 (57) 33 (52) 0.376
Single/Never Married 343 (70) 293 (68) 50 (79) 0.071
Need level (high) 297 (60) 255 (59) 42 (66) 0.305
Housing first interventions 297 (60) 257 (59) 40 (63) 0.632
Lifetime duration of homelessness (in months) 60.2 (70.3) 58.3 (64.8) 72.9 (99.8) 0.124
Longest episode of homelessness (in months) 30.9 (40.1) 30.4 (39.5) 34.1 (44.4) 0.498
Less severe cluster of mental disorders 264 (53) 235 (54) 29 (45) 0.180
Severe cluster of mental disorders 363 (73) 311 (72) 52 (81) 0.113
Suicidality (high) 87 (17) 79 (18) 8 (12) 0.259
Substance dependence 288 (58) 252 (58) 36 (56) 0.768
Daily substance use 143 (29) 131 (30) 12 (19) 0.064
Mental health severity/CSI score (per unit) 37.2 (12.5) 37.4 (12.5) 35.8 (12.9) 0.371
Chronic Medical Conditions (3 or more) 344 (69) 305 (70) 39 (61) 0.124
Blood-borne Infectious Disease (HIV, Hep. B or C) 157 (32) 139 (32) 18 (29) 0.603
Hospitalized for mental illness in last 5 yearsd
 Over 6 months 57 (11) 44 (10) 13 (20) 0.017
 Two times or more 253 (51) 215 (50) 38 (59) 0.146
Hospitalization in last 6 months 212 (43) 187 (43) 25 (39) 0.533
Any formal charge in last 6 months 111 (23) 101 (24) 10 (16) 0.172
Jail in last 6 months 69 (14) 62 (14) 7 (11) 0.465
Source of income (disability or income assistance) in past month 469 (94) 408 (94) 61 (95) 0.725
  1. aOut of 497 participants, 433 provided consent to access to administrative health data and were linkable to health records
  2. bOut of 64 participants, 60 didn’t consent to access to administrative health data and 4 provided consent, but were unlink-able to health records
  3. c P values based on comparisons of characteristics between eligible participants and non-eligible participants in the entire sample
  4. dDidn’t know was considered as no
  5. Bold signifies statistical significance