How to help the homeless get better at their health care
Homeless people often have low-grade infections, and their lack of access to care can be a barrier to getting the proper help they need to recover, according to a new report.
The report, released Thursday, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, said the average homeless person has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition that can make breathing difficult.
The study also found that more than half of those surveyed have a chronic condition that requires medication, like heart disease or cancer.
That could mean they have to take a drug that slows their breathing or prevent them from breathing at all, the report said.
“If the patient is able to obtain adequate care and treatment, the patient can get well, but they may not recover from the illness and will need to continue to be hospitalized for prolonged periods of time,” the report reads.
The CDC report found that nearly two-thirds of those who were homeless were black or Latino, while half were white.
The most common type of chronic illness among homeless people is bronchitis, but more than two-fifths of the people who were surveyed also had other illnesses.
About a quarter of the homeless people surveyed reported that they were taking prescribed medications, like a cough suppressant or a diuretic, the CDC report said, while another quarter said they were being prescribed a diabetics medication.
That can lead to problems with fluid retention and dehydration.
The people surveyed were also less likely to have health insurance, and they were more likely to be single, unemployed and in the lowest income group, the study said.
It found that among the people surveyed, a quarter reported having been kicked out of their homes or living on the streets because of mental illness or substance abuse.
It also found homeless people are also more likely than the general population to be living in tents and to have physical health problems like diabetes, asthma or asthma symptoms.
Homeless people also are more likely not to have access to health care, the research found.
The survey of homeless people included more than 3,500 people.
It is one of several studies that have found the link between homelessness and health problems.
Last year, a study by the CDC showed that in 2014, about 2,400 homeless people were homeless.
Homeless advocates and advocates for the homeless said the report is important because it shows how homeless people can get better.
“This is just another piece of evidence that homelessness is a serious health issue,” said Mary Anne Franks, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.
“It really shows how the system is failing homeless people, and the system should not have these people in the system.”