Adapting Your Practice: Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients with Opioid Use Disorders

Published by
National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc.

Source: 

Meges D, Zevin B, Cookson E, Bascelli L, Denning P, Little J, Doe-Simkins M, Wheeler E, Watlov Phillips S, Bhalla P, Nance M, Cobb G, Tankanow J, Williamson J, Post P (Ed.). Adapting Your Practice: Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients with Opioid Use Disorders. 102 pages. Nashville: Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc., 2014.

The purpose of this document is to educate clinicians, other direct service providers, and program administrators about optimal care for people with opioid use disorders who are homeless or marginally housed, addressing clinical and programmatic issues. 

The recommendations in this document specify what experienced providers and recipients of homeless services believe works best, with the realistic understanding that limited resources, fragmented health care delivery systems, and loss to follow-up often compromise adherence to optimal clinical practices. We hope these recommendations provide helpful guidance to health care professionals, and that they will contribute to improvements in both quality of care and quality of life for people experiencing homelessness. 
Published: 2014

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