The role of the emergency department in the care of homeless and disadvantaged populations

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2006 Nov;24(4):839-48. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2006.06.011.

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the role of the emergency department (ED) in the care of homeless and disadvantaged populations. It suggests that organized emergency medicine can have a significant impact on total community health by maintaining a universal "safety net" for the delivery of integrated health and human services. The epidemiology of social deprivation among ED patients is examined, with a particular focus on homelessness. Current research on the value of socio-medical integration in the ED setting is discussed, with emphasis on selected initiatives that have demonstrated feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and impact.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / mortality
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homeless Persons / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medically Uninsured / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty*
  • United States / epidemiology