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Research in the Sociology of Health Care

ISSN: 0275-4959
Series editor(s): Professor Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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“Falling through the cracks”: health care needs of the older homeless population and their implications


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Title:“Falling through the cracks”: health care needs of the older homeless population and their implications
Author(s):Dennis P. Watson, Christine George, Christopher Walker
Volume:26 Editor(s): Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld ISBN: 978-1-84855-160-2 eISBN: 978-1-84855-161-9
Citation:Dennis P. Watson, Christine George, Christopher Walker (2008), “Falling through the cracks”: health care needs of the older homeless population and their implications, in Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld (ed.) Care for Major Health Problems and Population Health Concerns: Impacts on Patients, Providers and Policy (Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Volume 26), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.187-204
DOI:10.1016/S0275-4959(08)26009-6 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:The homelessness of those 50–64, older homeless people, is a growing problem in the United States. This chapter seeks to understand the unique healthcare issues faced by this population. Data in the city of Chicago was collected and analyzed through a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. Data included answers to survey questions by older homeless individuals, interviews with providers and older homeless individuals, focus groups with older homeless individuals, and agency data from homeless service organizations. Findings agree with previous research that shows a growth in the homeless population, the greater number and severity of health problems in the population, the significant number of barriers that the population encounters in obtaining health care, housing, and jobs, and the concern with preventative health that the older homeless have. After outlining these findings, this chapter offers policy and program recommendations for the larger health care and homeless service systems.

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