Homelessness disproportionately affects women and children: women represent approximately 80 percent of adults in homeless families in the United States . Homeless women are at higher risk of having chronic illnesses, infectious diseases, substance abuse problems, mental illness, and being a victim of sexual or domestic violence than women who are not homeless [2,3]. They are also less likely to have insurance, social support, income, or access to preventive health services .
Attention to the following principles is likely to improve results when providing care for homeless people :
●Outreach to engage those in need of health care services
●Respect for each patient, regardless of circumstances
●Cultivation of trust and rapport between the health care provider and patient