Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients


Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients


This tool is intended for health care professionals, students, and ancillary personnel who have minimal experience working with homeless patients.

Recognizing that standard clinical practice guidelines often fail to take into consideration the unique health care challenges faced by displaced people, the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network convened an advisory committee comprised of six health and social service providers to develop standards for the optimal care of people who are homeless or marginally housed. This guide includes the following sections:

  • Summary
    • Homelessness and health care: Fundamental issues
    • Summary of recommendations
  • Diagnosis and evaluation
    • History
    • Physical examination
    • Diagnostic tests
  • Plan and management
    • Plan of care
    • Education, self-management
    • Medications
    • Associated problems, complications
    • Followup
  • Model of care
    • Service delivery design
    • Outreach and engagement
    • Standard of care
  • Case studies
    • Homeless adult
    • Homeless adolescent
    • Homeless child
  • References and resources (including primary sources, suggested resources, and related Web sites)


Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network

Funding Sources:

Health Resources and Services Administration


Release Date: 2004
Review Date: 2010
Recent Summary: January 2012
Original Summary: July 2006
Last Updated: 01/11/12

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