Prenatal care for homeless women
- Nicole Ruddock Hall, MD
Nicole Ruddock Hall, MD
- Georgia Perinatal Consultants
- Sheryl D Perriatt, BSN, RNC, FAACM
Sheryl D Perriatt, BSN, RNC, FAACM
- Manager of Case Management
- Woman’s and Neonatal Services
- Memorial Hermann Hospital
- Texas Medical Center
- Casey W Hedges, LCSW
Casey W Hedges, LCSW
- Social Worker
- Case Management Department
- Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
- Texas Medical Center
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
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