Disease conditions most frequently evaluated among the homeless in Dallas

Ruben Amarasingham, Susan H. Spalding, Ron J. Anderson

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Abstract

Responding to the medical needs of the homeless population across the United States exacts large costs on the health care system. To provide effectively for such vulnerable populations, health care systems require creative and efficient strategies of service organization tailored to the specific needs of the homeless. However, such needs often vary by geographic region due to the inherent diversity of the population. Currently, no published medical evaluation of the urban homeless in Texas exists. Therefore, this study examines 93,074 diagnoses given to 20,331 homeless patients seen in a seven-year period in a primary care mobile and fixed clinic system. The most frequent disease conditions evaluated in this cohort of patients are reported. These findings may be useful to clinical site managers and health care planners contemplating an outreach program for the homeless.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-176
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2001

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Keywords

  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Health status
  • Homeless persons
  • Primary health care
  • Texas

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  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Disease conditions most frequently evaluated among the homeless in Dallas. / Amarasingham, Ruben; Spalding, Susan H.; Anderson, Ron J.

In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 12, No. 2, 05.2001, p. 162-176.

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Amarasingham, R, Spalding, SH & Anderson, RJ 2001, 'Disease conditions most frequently evaluated among the homeless in Dallas', Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 162-176.
Amarasingham, Ruben ; Spalding, Susan H. ; Anderson, Ron J. / Disease conditions most frequently evaluated among the homeless in Dallas. In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2001 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 162-176.
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