Health Services, Homeless, Free Primary Health Care, Behaviours, Medication, Dublin
Health Research Board of Ireland
Homeless populations experience poorer physical and mental health, and more barriers to accessing adequate healthcare. This study investigates the health of this population, following the provision of a free to access primary care service for homeless people in Dublin (Safetynet). The health of this group will be compared to previous studies on homelessness conducted in Dublin prior to the establishment of this service (in 1997 and 2005).
Participants were recruited through Safetynet clinics. A 133-item questionnaire was administered to determine participants’ physical and mental well-being, use of health services and healthcare needs. Prescription data was extracted from participants’ electronic health records.
A total of 105 participants were recruited. The majority were
This vulnerable population has many physical and mental health problems. Use of drugs, alcohol and smoking is common. Following the establishment of Safetynet, self-reported health was rated more positively, there was also a decrease in the use of A & E and outpatient services and an increase in prescription medicines.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Keogh C, O’Brien KK, Hoban A, O’Carroll A, Fahey T. Health and use of health services of people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness who receive free primary health care in Dublin. BMC Health Services Research 2015;15:58
Demographics of participants in current study at baseline compared with previous Irish studies.
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Health and morbidity of participants in current study at baseline compared with previous Irish studies.
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Health behaviours of participants in current study at baseline compared with previous Irish studies.
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Use of health services by participants in current study compared with previous Irish studies.