Contributing to “Health Status and Health Care Experiences among Homeless Patients”, Darlene Jenkins, DrPH, Research Director for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, was recently published in the journal Health Services Research. In a collaboration with Lydie Lebrun-Harris, Travis Baggett, Alek Sripipatana, Ravi Sharma, A. Seiji Hayashi, Charles Daly, and Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Dr. Jenkins’s article presented findings from a 2009 Patient Survey among homeless patients in health centers.
The investigators sought to examine health status and health care experiences of homeless patients in health centers to compare them with their non-homeless counterparts. Cross-sectional analyses of the survey data revealed that, homeless patients had worse health status, mental health problems, and substance use problems compared to housed respondents. Homeless patients were also more likely than housed patients to have unmet medical needs and visits to the emergency room.
The full article is available here.