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Homeless die 30 years younger than average

25.12.2011 15:09 EST
On a sobering note during the festive period,the BBC today reported that homeless people “die 30 years younger” than the national average. The Daily Telegraph said that “homeless women die ‘by age 43’” while The Guardian said that homeless people have a “life expectancy of just 47”.
These headlines are based on initial findings of research into the age of death in homeless people carried out by theUniversity of Sheffield and funded by the homeless charity Crisis. This research updated research carried out 15 years ago.
The new research foundthat the average homeless person has a life expectancy of 47, compared to 77 for the rest of the population: a startling difference of 30years. The life expectancy for women was even lower, at just 43 years. Crisis has calledon the government to address this by improving and prioritisinghealth services for homeless people in NHS reforms.
This thought-provoking research has raised an important issue that is even more relevant in winter as temperatures plummet. Its findings are similar to those in recent government reports that have lookedat health and death rates of homeless people, highlighting problems that they haveaccessing healthcare.
The media coverage around this research emphasised the stark difference between life expectancy of the homeless population in England and the rest of the population. The life expectancy of the homeless in England wasreported to be similar to that of inhabitants in the war-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo, in central Africa.
What did the researchlook at?
The study looked at the age of death of single homeless people in England between 2001 and 2009. It used severalsources of information, such as death certificates and official national death statistics,to determine whether the person was homeless and how old they were when they died. The initial findings are based on 1,731 people who were identified as homeless at the time of death. The next phase of this research will investigate cause of death by age and accommodation type and will analyse cause of death in more detail.
The definition of homelessness used in the report included people sleeping rough, in hostels and in other homeless situations. This was different fromprevious research, whichfocused on only rough sleepers and not those using night shelters and homeless hostels.
The research was carried out by Dr Bethan Thomas from the Geography department at the University of Sheffield. It was funded by the homeless charity,Crisis.
What did the researchfind?
The key points of the initial findings of the research are:
*. The average age of death of a homeless person is 47 (43 for homeless women), compared to 77 for thegeneral population.
*. Drug and alcohol abuse are particularly common causes of death among the homeless population, accounting for just over a third of all deaths.
*. Homeless people are more than nine times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
*. Homeless people are more likely to die from external causes. Deaths as a result of traffic accidents are three times as likely, infections twice as likely and falls more than three times as likely for homeless people.
The Crisis report concluded that being homeless is both physically and mentally extremely challenging and has a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Ultimately, they concluded, homelessness kills.

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