Health Care for Homeless Women

Esme I. Kamphuis, Frederik J.R. Hermans, Ben Willem J. Mol

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Abstract

Homelessness continues to be a significant problem in the United States. Women and families represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Health care for these women is a challenge but an important issue that needs to be addressed. Homeless women are at higher risk of injury and illness and are less likely to obtain needed health care than women who are not homeless. It is essential to undertake efforts to prevent homelessness, to expand community-based services for the homeless, and to provide adequate health care for this underserved population. Health care providers can help address the needs of homeless individuals by dentifying their own patients who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, educating these patients about available resources in the community, treating their health problems, and offering preventive care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936-941
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume122
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

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