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Homeless and Runaway Youths’ Access to Health Care (2010)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11044705

JD Klein, AH Woods, KM Wilson, M Prospero, J Greene and C Ringwalt

Search Terms: homeless youths, health systems, emergency care, street youth

Summary: This article describes the use of health services and self-reported access to regular and emergency care by homeless adolescents and street youth. Finding include significant numbers of homeless youth did not have a regular source of health care. Those who had a regular source of care were more likely to have continuity between routine and emergency care. Integration of health services with other agencies serving youth in shelters or on the street may improve access to care for those without a routine source of care and provide better continuity for these high-risk youth.