Publication date: Jul 11, 2023
Thus far, there is very limited knowledge regarding homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to the health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Thus, our aim was to evaluate HRQoL and to clarify the determinants of HRQoL among homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Data were taken from the national survey on psychiatric and somatic health of homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic-NAPSHI (n = 616). The established EQ-5D-5L was used to quantify problems in five health dimensions, and its visual analogue scale (EQ-VAS) was used to record self-rated health status. Sociodemographic factors were included in regression analysis. Pain/discomfort was the most frequently reported problem (45. 3%), thereafter anxiety/depression (35. 9%), mobility (25. 4%), usual activities (18. 5%) and self-care (11. 4%). Average EQ-VAS score was 68. 97 (SD: 23. 83), and the mean EQ-5D-5L index was 0. 85 (SD: 0. 24). Regressions showed that higher age and having a health insurance were associated with several problem dimensions. Being married was associated with higher EQ-VAS scores. Overall, our study findings showed a quite high HRQoL among homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Some important determinants of HRQoL were identified (e. g., age or marital status). Longitudinal studies are required to confirm our findings.
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