Nursing Care for People Experiencing Homelessness gives a thematic analysis of comments from a survey of homeless health nurses (HHNs) about issues facing their area of practice.
Using this evidence, it explores the structural, contextual, environmental and practical changes needed to reduce, prevent and eliminate homelessness, and tackle the associated burden of disease.
206 homeless health nurses were asked for their comments about what changes were most needed to improve the health of people who are homeless, from their perspective.
Their comments broadly fit four categories:
- Improving the capacity and capability of housing, health and support services;
- Improving the quality of service provision and integrating care;
- Improving the access patients get to health services by removing the barriers;
- Increasing knowledge across the community about homelessness.