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Adapted Clinical Guidelines


Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for Homeless Patients

Standard clinical guidelines often fail to take into consideration the unique challenges presented by homelessness that may limit an individual’s access to needed services or ability to adhere to a plan of care. To fill this gap, the HCH Clinicians’ Network developed a series of adapted clinical guidelines covering the following:

The Homeless in America: Adapting Your Practice” by Susan L. Montauk, MD, defines homelessness, includes key recommendations for practice, examines determinants of general care adherence in people experiencing homelessness, offers potential enhancements, and lists resources for caring for homeless individuals and families.

Abbreviated Recommendations

Outlines of the main points contained in the following recommended clinical practice adaptations are also available for download:

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