Peer Reviewed

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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2015

Keywords

Health Services, Homeless, Free Primary Health Care, Behaviours, Medication, Dublin

Funder/Sponsor

Health Research Board of Ireland

Comments

The original article is available at www.biomedcentral.com

Abstract

Background

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).

Methods

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.

Results

A total of 105 participants were recruited. The majority were 

Conclusions

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.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Citation

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

PubMed ID

25884629

DOI Link

10.1186/s12913-015-0716-4

Additional file 1. Table S1.docx (33 kB)
Demographics of participants in current study at baseline compared with previous Irish studies.

Additional file 2. Table S2.docx (35 kB)
Health and morbidity of participants in current study at baseline compared with previous Irish studies.

Additional file 3. Table S3.docx (32 kB)
Health behaviours of participants in current study at baseline compared with previous Irish studies.

Additional file 4. Table S4.docx (30 kB)
Medications information.

Additional file 5. Table S5.docx (35 kB)
Use of health services by participants in current study compared with previous Irish studies.

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