Healthcare barriers among severely mentally ill homeless adults: evidence from the five-site health and risk study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

UNLABELLED: Few studies have examined barriers to physical and mental healthcare among homeless mentally adults. METHODS: This study examined physical and mental healthcare barriers reported by 154 recently homeless mentally ill persons. RESULTS: Practical concerns (e.g. transportation and cost) were key components of barriers to accessing general medical care among uninsured men with poorer overall mental health, PTSD, and STD infections. Perceived stigma was an important component of mental healthcare barriers reported most frequently by those with greater psychiatric symptoms. CONCLUSION: Focusing on individual characteristics underlying barriers to healthcare may lead to better interventions for improving access to needed care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, MM; Swanson, JW; Swartz, MS; Bradford, DW; Mustillo, SA; Elbogen, EB

Published Date

  • July 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 375

PubMed ID

  • 17294124

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17294124

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-587X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10488-007-0115-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States