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People who are homeless present to urban emergency departments at a higher rate per 1000 people than those who are housed.1 With those added difficulties, people who are homeless frequently turn to Emergency Departments for primary, rather than only emergency, health care treatment.2,3 There is great need for investigation into the thought process for the self-triage of the patient who is homeless. This study was undertaken to survey adults at HOPE adult shelter about their ability to determine the most appropriate place to seek treatment for different common conditions of varying acuity, as well as to evaluate the efficacy of an educational resource used to help identify where appropriate medical treatment can be sought.
emergency departments, homeless
Bioethics and Medical Ethics
Clemmens J, Wasserman J. Self-triage among patients who are homeless. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2023 May; Rochester Hills, MI.