Lix, Lisa, Hinds, Aynslie, Deverteuil, Geoffrey, Robinson, J. Renee, Walker, John and Roos, Leslie
Residential mobility and severe mental illness: a population-based analysis
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33, (2), . (doi:10.1007/s10488-006-0035-5).
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This research uses population-based administrative data linking health service use to
longitudinal postal code information to describe the residential mobility of individuals with a
severe mental illness (SMI), schizophrenia. This group is compared to two cohorts, one with
no mental illness, and one with a severe physical illness of inflammatory bowel disease. The
percentage of individuals with one or more changes in postal code in a 3-year period is
examined, along with measures of rural-to-rural regional migration and rural-to-urban
migration. Demographic, socioeconomic, and health service use characteristics are examined
as determinants of mobility. The odds of moving were twice as high for the SMI cohort as for
either of the other two cohorts. There were no statistically significant differences in rural-torural
or rural-to-urban migration among the cohorts. Marital status, income quintile, and use
of physicians are consistent determinants of mobility. The results are discussed from the
perspectives of health services planning and access to housing.
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