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Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients
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This report was developed with support from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An advisory committee comprised of six health and social service providers devoted several months during 2004 to development of these general recommendations for the care of homeless patients, drawing from their own experience and from that of their colleagues in HCH projects across the United States. These recommended practice adaptations reflect their collective wisdom about the optimal care of individuals who are homeless or marginally housed. For the convenience of clinicians, the authors have included an overview of fundamental issues related to homelessness and health care and a summary of recommendations at the beginning of this document. The general recommendations in this document specify what experienced clinicians know works best for patients who are homeless, with the realistic understanding that limited resources, fragmented health care delivery systems and loss to follow-up often compromise adherence to optimal clinical practices. (Authors)
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2004
Nashville, TN