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Majority Of Homeless People Have Chronic Health Conditions

From the 26 August 2011 Medical News Today article

More than eight out of 10 homeless people surveyed by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and elsewhere have at least one chronic health condition and more than half have a mental health problem. People who are “vulnerably housed” – meaning they live in unsafe, unstable or unaffordable housing – had equally poor, and in some cases worse, health, the survey found. The underlying cause for these health issues is poverty, said Dr. Stephen Hwang, the principal investigator of the study and a physician-researcher at the hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health

“Poor housing conditions and poor health are closely linked,” said Dr. Hwang. “We need to treat both problems.” …

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August 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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