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Health Status and Health Care Experiences among Homeless Patients in Federally Supported Health Centers: Findings from the 2009 Patient Survey.
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PMID:  23134588     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To examine health status and health care experiences of homeless patients in health centers and to compare them with their nonhomeless counterparts. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Nationally representative data from the 2009 Health Center Patient Survey. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analyses were limited to adults (n = 2,683). We compared sociodemographic characteristics, health conditions, access to health care, and utilization of services among homeless and nonhomeless patients. We also examined the independent effect of homelessness on health care access and utilization, as well as factors that influenced homeless patients' health care experiences. DATA COLLECTION: Computer-assisted personal interviews were conducted with health center patients. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Homeless patients had worse health status-lifetime burden of chronic conditions, mental health problems, and substance use problems-compared with housed respondents. In adjusted analyses, homeless patients had twice the odds as housed patients of having unmet medical care needs in the past year (OR = 1.98, 95 percent CI: 1.24-3.16) and twice the odds of having an ED visit in the past year (OR = 2.00, 95 percent CI: 1.37-2.92). CONCLUSIONS: There is an ongoing need to focus on the health issues that disproportionately affect homeless populations. Among health center patients, homelessness is an independent risk factor for unmet medical needs and ED use.
Lydie A Lebrun-Harris; Travis P Baggett; Darlene M Jenkins; Alek Sripipatana; Ravi Sharma; A Seiji Hayashi; Charles A Daly; Quyen Ngo-Metzger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health services research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1475-6773     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Serv Res     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0053006     Medline TA:  Health Serv Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© Health Research and Educational Trust.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Rockville, MD.
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