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Homelessness and Emergency Medicine: Where Do We Go From Here?
This research article looks at how many emergency departments (EDs) around the country, providers care for patients experiencing homelessness on every single shift. Housing status has a proven impact on health, but is not a routine part of the history taken by most emergency providers, and in many cases providers are unaware that they are caring for someone who has no stable home. Patients experiencing homelessness have unique needs spanning acute and chronic illness, injury, behavioral health diagnoses, and material deprivation.