Table 5

Self reported service use before and after becoming homeless#

before

after

Service use

n

%

n

%


social services total

45

38

100

83

social work

26

22

44

37

benefit agency

18

15

49

41

debt control agency

17

14

12

10

shelters and daycentres

22

18

73

61


medical services total

32

27

32

27

general practitioner

6

5

13

11

addiction service

12

10

9

8

mental health service

13

11

7

6

GGD public health service*

13

11

14

12


all services

65

57

106

93


#120 recently homeless people in Amsterdam who lost their house for the first time between April 2002–April 2004.

*GGD safety net department and outpatient drug clinics [13].

van Laere et al. BMC Public Health 2009 9:3   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-3

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