Homelessness and other social determinants of health among emergency department patients

  title={Homelessness and other social determinants of health among emergency department patients},
  author={K. Doran and N. Kunzler and T. Mijanovich and S. Lang and Ada E. Rubin and P. Testa and D. Shelley},
  journal={Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless},
  pages={71 - 77}
  • K. Doran, N. Kunzler, +4 authors D. Shelley
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless
  • Abstract Emergency departments (EDs) are often called the ‘safety net’ of the U.S. health care system. Little is known, however, about the social determinants of health (SDOH) – including rates and types of homelessness – of ED patients. This study sought to quantify the presence of housing instability, homelessness, and other selected SDOH in ED patients. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of a random sample of 625 patients presenting to an urban ED. 13.8% of patients were currently living… CONTINUE READING
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