Medical Respite and Linkages to Outpatient Health Care Providers among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Julia Zur, Sabriya Linton, Holly Mead

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Medical respite programs provide nursing care and case management to individuals experiencing homelessness following hospitalization for an acute medical problem. One goal of these programs is to link clients to outpatient providers to decrease their reliance on hospital services. Through qualitative interviews with staff members (n = 8) and clients (n = 14) at a medical respite program, we explored processes of, and challenges associated with, linking clients to outpatient care. Six themes were identified, which offer insight about important considerations when linking clients to outpatient providers and highlight the value of medical respite programs for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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