Health Care for Homeless and Unstably Housed: Overcoming Barriers

ArticleinMount Sinai Journal of Medicine A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine 79(5):586-92 · September 2012with39 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.62 · DOI: 10.1002/msj.21339 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    The causes of homelessness are complex and multifactorial and the solutions equally complex. Though homelessness is not a disease process, it is directly linked to poor health outcomes. It is thus incumbent on health care professionals to know the various definitions of homelessness, the ramifications of unstable housing, and the specific living conditions of each homeless patient. These factors needed to be accounted for when designing treatment plans in a way that will increase access to care and promote adherence. Increasing compliance and addressing barriers to care will improve outcomes and may reduce overall health expenditures. Mt Sinai J Med 79:586-592, 2012. © 2012 Mount Sinai School of Medicine.