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

From: A 10-year retrospective analysis of hospital admissions and length of stay among a cohort of homeless adults in Vancouver, Canada

Variable The entire sample (n = 497) n (%)/mean (SD)c Eligible samplea (n = 433) n (%)/mean (SD) Not eligible sampleb (n = 64) n (%)/mean (SD) P value*
Age at randomization (in years) 40.8 (11.0)c 40.8 (11.0)c 41.4 (11.0)c 0.682
Age of first homelessness (in years) 30.3 (13.3)c 30.1 (13.4)c 31.9 (12.6)c 0.301
Female gender 134 (27.2) 112 (26.1) 22 (34.4) 0.165
Ethnicity     
 Aboriginals 77 (15.5) 70 (16.2) 7 (10.9) 0.054
 White 280 (56.3) 235 (54.3) 45 (70.3)
 Other 140 (28.2) 128 (29.6) 12 (18.8)
Incomplete High School 280 (56.7) 247 (57.4) 33 (51.6) 0.376
Single/Never Married 343 (69.6) 293 (68.1) 50 (79.4) 0.071
Need level (high) 297 (59.8) 255 (58.9) 42 (65.6) 0.305
Housing first interventions 297 (59.8) 257 (59.4) 40 (62.5) 0.632
Lifetime duration of homelessness (in months) 60.2 (70.3)c 58.3 (64.8)c 72.9 (99.8)c 0.124
Longest episode of homelessness (in months) 30.9 (40.1)c 30.4 (39.5)c 34.1 (44.4)c 0.498
Less severe cluster of mental disorders 264 (53.1) 235 (54.3) 29 (45.3) 0.180
Severe cluster of mental disorders 363 (73.0) 311 (71.8) 52 (81.3) 0.113
Suicidality (high) 87 (17.5) 79 (18.2) 8 (12.5) 0.259
Substance dependence 288 (57.9) 252 (58.2) 36 (56.3) 0.768
Daily substance use 143 (28.9) 131 (30.4) 12 (19.0) 0.064
Mental health severity/CSI score (per unit) 37.2 (12.5)c 37.4 (12.5)c 35.8 (12.9)c 0.371
Chronic Medical Conditions (3 or more) 344 (69.2) 305 (70.4) 39 (60.9) 0.124
Blood-borne Infectious Disease (HIV, Hepatitis B or C) 157 (31.9) 139 (32.3) 18 (29.0) 0.603
  1. a-Out of 497 participants, 433 provided consent to access to administrative health data and were linkable to health records
  2. b-Out of 64 participants, 60 didn’t consent to access to administrative health data and four provided consent, but were unlinkable to health records
  3. c-Indicates mean (SD)
  4. *-P values based on comparisons of characteristics between eligible participants and non-eligible participants in the entire sample