The purpose of this study was to examine the utilization of emergency department services by homeless adults in Pomona, California achieved through quantitative cross-sectional research. The results revealed that many homeless adults frequent the emergency department for mental health reasons and those homeless adults with physical ailments required longer lengths of stay and extensive discharge planning. Most participants had insurance coverage, but many appeared to lack social or primary care resources in the community, leading to frequent emergency department usage. This study may be beneficial to individuals, communities, and professionals to better understand the healthcare experiences of homeless individuals. The tangible and nontangible barriers to healthcare, as well as outside social resources affect the general public health through risks of contagious diseases and the rise in emergency department overcrowding.
|Commitee:||Kim, Mimi, Ranney, Molly|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Emergency department, Emergency room, Health care, Healthcare, Homeless, Homelessness|
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