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Agnes Gozdzik, Roxana Salehi, Patricia O’Campo, Vicky Stergiopoulos, Stephen W. Hwang
Homeless individuals experience high rates of morbidity and mortality, as well as many barriers to accessing appropriate health care. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death among people experiencing homelessness. In order to...
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
This guidance document is being provided by the MOHLTC in response to pH1N1 influenza. It is based on current, available scientific evidence and expert opinion about this emerging disease and is subject to review and change as new information...
Dawn Petroskas
Interventions are needed to reduce the health disparities that exist in homeless populations. Housing, often viewed as an outcome to be achieved, has become increasingly recognized as an innovative health care intervention. Through the lens of...
Lauren B. Currie, Michelle L. Patterson, Akm Moniruzzaman, Lawrence C. McCandless, Julian M. Somers
Background People experiencing homelessness and mental illness face multiple barriers to care. The goal of this study was to examine the association between health service use and indicators of need among individuals experiencing homelessness and...
MiladParpouchi, AkmMoniruzzaman, Stefanie N.Rezansoff, AngelaRussolillo, Julian M.Somers
Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) has important protective effects related to reduced illicit opioid use, infectious disease transmission, and overdose mortality. Adherence to MMT has not been examined among homeless people. We measured MMT...
Aynslie Hinds, Jino Distasio, Patricia J Martens, Mark Smith
Objective Homeless individuals with poor health frequently use healthcare services. However, studies using self-reported data may be subject to biases. We examined health status, healthcare and drug use among mentally ill homeless individuals,...
This fact sheet discusses the statistical break down of the homeless population into subgroups determined by race, health problems, location, and risk factors. (HRC) Question #2 Who is homeless? 1 An estimated 842,000 adults and children are...
S. A. Weatherill, J. A. Buxton, P. C. Daly
BACKGROUND: The Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver is an inner-city neighbourhood of 10 square blocks where poverty, crowded housing, homelessness, poor nutrition and hygiene, chronic illness, and substance abuse put residents at risk for...
Stephen W. Hwang
We have a system in Canada which admirably ensures that almost everyone has health insurance but which doesn’t necessarily ensure they have access to a primary care provider whom they trust and have confidence in and coordination of the care they...
Ihsan Salloum
Excerpt: "Bipolar disorder (BD) is among the top causes of disability worldwide and is the fourth leading mental illness as a source of disease burden in established market economies.
Karen H. Seal
Background Veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) have endured high combat stress and are eligible for 2 years of free military service–related health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA...
Brodie Ramin, Tomislav Svoboda
The homeless are amongst the most vulnerable groups in developed regions, suffering from high rates of poorly controlled chronic disease, smoking, respiratory conditions, and mental illness, all of which render them vulnerable to new and resurgent...
D.J. Sherman
This study compares street youth and adolescents in the general population on the following factors: overall health status, sex-related medical problems, mental health, and substance abuse. Juveniles who live on the street are often the victims of...
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
The purpose of this document is to help staff to prevent or reduce transmission of H1N1 influenza (flu). Shelter staff and volunteers have an important role in protecting clients and the community from contagious diseases such as flu. At this time,...
Sharon Morrison
People experiencing homelessness bear a higher burden of illness such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease. Managing one of these chronic conditions while living in a shelter or on the streets can leave clients feeling helpless and overwhelmed....