Vulnerable populations: The homeless and incarcerated

Ava Pierce

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Vulnerable populations have been steadily increasing, including homeless individuals and incarcerated persons. The emergency department (ED) can have a critical impact on vulnerable populations because many underserved patients rely on emergency departments for most of their medical care. Homeless and incarcerated patients experience higher levels of chronic and acute health problems resulting in increased ED utilization. Delivering health care to vulnerable populations is multifaceted and must include their health care needs and social factors. Understanding the unique and interpersonal systems-level challenges in providing health care to vulnerable populations will improve ED care for homeless and incarcerated patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319228402
ISBN (Print)9783319228396
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Communication barriers
  • Cultural competency
  • Cultural diversity
  • Emergency department
  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Health status disparities
  • Homeless persons
  • Homelessness
  • Incarcerated
  • Patient communication
  • Prisoner
  • Quality improvement
  • Street medicine
  • Underserved
  • Vulnerable populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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