31 March 2021

Extensive field research reveals the extent of health problems among Dutch homeless people

Almost all homeless people in the Netherlands suffer from multiple health problems, ranging from physical or mental illness to addiction or intellectual disability. These are the findings of recent field research by Maastricht University among 436 homeless people who used 16 different shelters in seven Dutch cities. It is the first time since 2015 that such an extensive health study has been conducted among homeless people in the Netherlands. The interdependence of their health needs underlines the importance of an integrated health care approach to offer homeless people better prospects for recovery, the researchers say. The findings were recently published in the academic journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.