Improving Health Care Management in Primary Care for Homeless People: A Literature Review
AbstractBackground: Homeless people have poorer health status than the general population. They need complex care management, because of associated medical troubles (somatic and psychiatric) and social difficulties. We aimed to describe the main characteristics of the primary care programs that take care of homeless people, and to identify which could be most relevant. Methods: We performed a literature review that included articles which described and evaluated primary care programs for homeless people. Results: Most of the programs presented a team-based approach, multidisciplinary and/or integrated care. They often proposed co-located services between somatic health services, mental health services and social support services. They also tried to answer to the specific needs of homeless people. Some characteristics of these programs were associated with significant positive outcomes: tailored primary care organizations, clinic orientation, multidisciplinary team-based models which included primary care physicians and clinic nurses, integration of social support, and engagement in the community’s health. Conclusions: Primary health care programs that aimed at taking care of the homeless people should emphasize a multidisciplinary approach and should consider an integrated (mental, somatic and social) care model. View Full-Text
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Jego, M.; Abcaya, J.; Ștefan, D.-E.; Calvet-Montredon, C.; Gentile, S. Improving Health Care Management in Primary Care for Homeless People: A Literature Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 309.
Jego M, Abcaya J, Ștefan D-E, Calvet-Montredon C, Gentile S. Improving Health Care Management in Primary Care for Homeless People: A Literature Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(2):309.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jego, Maeva; Abcaya, Julien; Ștefan, Diana-Elena; Calvet-Montredon, Céline; Gentile, Stéphanie. 2018. "Improving Health Care Management in Primary Care for Homeless People: A Literature Review." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 2: 309.
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