Naheed Dosani

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BACKGROUND Homeless individuals have a high prevalence of multiple chronic comorbidities and early mortality compared to the general population. They also experience significant barriers to access and stigmatization in the healthcare system. Providing advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care for this underserved population is an(More)
BACKGROUND With an ever increasing number of individuals living with chronic and terminal illnesses, palliative care as an emerging field is poised for unprecedented expansion. Today's rising recognition of its key role in patients' illnesses has led to increased interest in access to palliative care. It is known that homelessness as a social determinant of(More)
Even in a developed country such as Canada, there are disparities in just access to adequate health care-and, more specifically, palliative care. That inequality is most notable in an underserved group such as the homeless population. Even the word "homeless" has become both a negative descriptor and a stereotype in our society. We posit that the provision(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of influenza vaccination among homeless individuals with mental illness in Toronto. METHODS A retrospective chart review was carried out using a random sample of homeless individuals with mental illness who were participants of the At Home/Chez Soi Study. Primary care charts were obtained and reviewed for the incidence(More)
Palliative care is an approach that focuses on the relief of pain and other symptoms for patients with advanced illnesses and their families, and on maximizing the quality of the patient’s remaining life. It involves impeccable symptom assessment and diagnosis; emotional and spiritual support, as well as caregiver and bereavement support; and the provision(More)
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