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Caring for patients who are homeless

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doi: 10.1097/
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Caring for patients who are homeless

GENERAL PURPOSE: To discuss the role of nurses in addressing the healthcare needs of patients who are homeless. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After completing this continuing-education activity, you should be able to: 1. Specify the characteristics of the homeless population. 2. Identify barriers for people who are homeless as they access healthcare. 3. Understand the nursing considerations for the care of patients who are homeless.

  1. In the US, homelessness is expected to double in which age group by 2050?
    1. under 18
    2. 30 to 50
    3. over 65
  2. People who are homeless are defined as those who do not have
    1. a regular and appropriate place to sleep at night.
    2. any form of shelter overnight.
    3. one place to prepare meals and sleep.
  3. People who are homeless and unsheltered, such as those on the street, in vehicles, or in parks, are more likely to be
    1. Black.
    2. White.
    3. Hispanic.
  4. According to the author, mental illness in children who are homeless may present as
    1. nonadherence with medical treatments.
    2. malnutrition.
    3. language difficulties.
  5. According to LaCoursiere Zucchero et al., veterans may not benefit from multiple forms of healthcare coverage because
    1. the benefits are too confusing.
    2. services are fragmented.
    3. mental health services may not be covered.
  6. Healthcare for people who are homeless must focus on
    1. providing food and shelter.
    2. overcoming language barriers.
    3. offering opportunities to access care.
  7. Many studies regarding people who are homeless have demonstrated positive outcomes associated with
    1. case management services.
    2. the age of the individual.
    3. substance abuse education.
  8. A U.K. study concluded that people who are homeless seek healthcare only when
    1. facilities are nearby.
    2. they are extremely sick.
    3. someone forces them.
  9. Which condition is especially prevalent in people who are homeless?
    1. diabetes
    2. asthma
    3. hyperthyroidism
  10. What is considered a barrier to healthcare for people who are homeless?
    1. lack of interest in self-care activities
    2. unwillingness to take medication
    3. lack of trust between patients who are homeless and the healthcare staff
  11. Food insecurity is related to
    1. infectious diseases.
    2. obesity.
    3. limited physical activity.
  12. Nurses should assess the needs of patients who are homeless by
    1. asking open-ended questions.
    2. going out into the community for patient visits.
    3. providing them with written teaching materials.
  13. Which teaching element should be prioritized when discharging a patient who is homeless?
    1. healthy food choices
    2. early signs and symptoms of complications
    3. access to insurance benefits
  14. Future research related to homelessness should include
    1. reimbursement strategies.
    2. interpersonal relationships.
    3. skin care.
  15. The CDC has developed several goals related to homelessness as part of the
    1. revised Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services directives.
    2. US Census Bureau data objectives.
    3. Healthy People 2020 campaign.
  16. According to Khan et al., what is an area of major importance for improving healthcare in the homeless population?
    1. a systematic plan to measure change
    2. the construction of more shelters
    3. improved access to healthcare insurance
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