Almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury in their lifetime

Dec 3, 2015

Source: St. Michael’s Hospital

Almost half of all homeless men who took part in a study by St. Michael’s Hospital had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury in their life and 87 per cent of those injuries occurred before the men lost their homes.

While assaults were a major cause of those traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, (60 per cent) many were caused by potentially non-violent mechanisms such as sports and recreation (44 per cent) and motor vehicle collisions and falls (42 per cent).

The study, led by Dr. Jane Topolovec-Vranic, a clinical researcher in the hospital’s Neuroscience Research Program, was published today in the journal CMAJ Open.

Dr. Topolovec-Vranic said it’s important for health care providers and others who work with homeless people to be aware of any history of TBI because of the links between such injuries and mental health issues, substance abuse, seizures and general poorer physical health.

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One comment on “Almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury in their lifetime”

  • How should I tell the doctor if I want to check whether or not I have a mental disorder that can lead to homelessness? Because, in my childhood, I have bumped my heads numeruously and very hard as well.

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