Housing Patterns Among a Schizophrenic Patient Population Pre-and Post-Katrina Article

PMID: 23789005 Web of Science: 000420270000008

Cited authors

  • Galarneau, David; Ameti, Hasna


  • Background: Stable housing is the cornerstone of effective psychiatric treatment, especially treatment for the most vulnerable and marginalized patients-those with schizophrenia. Hurricane Katrina was a disaster of epic proportions that uprooted an entire region. Some residents were temporarily dislocated, whereas others faced more permanent moves.; Methods: The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to examine the housing of schizophrenic patients treated at an area health system before and after Katrina. We sorted patients into 4 living arrangements: living alone, living with family, living in a supervised setting, and homeless.; Results: We reviewed 300 charts, and 69 patients met the inclusion criteria. Contrary to our initial assumptions, this population showed a marked degree of stability and cohesion: Nearly 90% had no disruption in their living configuration after the storm. This finding may in part be because nearly 75% lived with family, in addition to specific characteristics of the health system.; Conclusion: We believe that the results demonstrate the resiliency of the region and its people.

Publication date

  • 2013

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-5012

Start page

  • 200

End page

  • 203


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