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Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 90, Issue 3, pp 559-573

Research on a Vulnerable Neighborhood—The Vancouver Downtown Eastside from 2001 to 2011

  • Isabelle Aube LindenAffiliated withSt. Paul’s Hospital, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) Email author 
  • , Marissa Y. MarAffiliated withSt. Paul’s Hospital, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS)
  • , Gregory R. WerkerAffiliated withSauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
  • , Kerry JangAffiliated withCity Council, City of Vancouver, Vancouver City HallDepartment of Psychiatry, UBC Hospital, University of British Columbia
  • , Michael KrauszAffiliated withSt. Paul’s Hospital, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS)Department of Psychiatry, UBC Hospital, University of British ColumbiaSchool of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

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Abstract

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver is the subject of considerable research due to high rates of drug use, poverty, crime, infectious disease, and mental illness. This paper first presents a brief background to the DTES and then presents a survey of literature addressing the issues in this area from 2001 to 2011. The literature surveyed includes a range of publications such as those from peer-reviewed journals and the grey literature of reports and dissertations. This survey investigates the themes and outcomes of the extant literature and highlights the notable lack of research on mental health in the DTES.

Keywords

DTES Vancouver Publications Literature Homelessness Mental health Substance use