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Perceptions of health status among 331 homeless veterans and homeless nonveterans were examined. Homeless veterans were significantly less apt to perceive their health as fair/poor (8%) compared to non-veteran homeless men (19%). Homeless veterans were also more likely to report having a regular source of care (57% versus 36%). Logistic regression analysis indicated the adjusted odds of fair/poor health were more than two times greater for persons reporting depressive symptomatology than for those without this history; veterans continue to remain less likely to report fair/poor health than nonveterans. High rates of substance abuse were observed for the entire sample. Such differences in perceived health result in important health access issues. (Authors)
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