Comparison of insight and clinical variables in homeless and non-homeless psychiatric inpatients in China.
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AbstractThere are no published data on insight in homeless patients with psychiatric disorders in China. This study examined insight in homeless and non-homeless Chinese psychiatric inpatients in relation to demographic and clinical variables. A total of 278 homeless and 222 non-homeless inpatients matched in age and gender were included in the study. Demographic and clinical characteristics were collected based on a review of medical charts and a clinical interview with standardized instruments. Insight was evaluated with the Insight and Treatment Attitudes Questionnaire. Altogether 20.5% of homeless inpatients and 43.7% of the non-homeless controls had good insight. Compared with homeless inpatients with impaired insight, homeless inpatients with good insight had higher physical quality of life, longer duration of illness and less severe positive and negative symptoms. Impaired insight appeared more common in homeless psychiatric inpatients in China. Further studies should address the need for effective therapeutic interventions that promote homeless patients' insight.
Acceptance Date01/02/2017
All Author(s) ListFu YN, Cao XL, Hou CL, Ng CH, Ungvari GS, Chiu HFK, Lin YQ, Wang L, Zheng X, Jia FJ, Xiang YT
Journal namePsychiatry Research
Year2017
Month9
Volume Number255
PublisherElsevier
Pages13 - 16
ISSN0165-1781
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCorrelates, Homelessness, Insight

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