Masters Thesis

Homeless Population’s Frequent Utilizations of the Emergency Department: A Review of the Literature

The purpose of this study is to examine the frequent utilizations of the emergency department services by homeless adults through a systematic review of literature. The results indicated that many homeless individuals use the emergency department for additional resources and require longer periods of stay and excessive readmissions. Homeless adults lack the resources in their community which requires the frequent utilization of emergency rooms for food, shelter and often clothing. Hospital interventions and case management are provided, however little is known if interventions have assisted in the reduction of frequent utilization of the emergency room in the homeless population. This study is beneficial to communities and researchers who are looking for guidance and recommendations in reducing recurrent admissions to the emergency rooms for the homeless population, by evaluating the specific interventions and case management tools that is provided to homeless individuals