Collaborative approach needed to build pathways to end homelessness in Canada

Collaborative approach needed to build pathways to end homelessness in Canada

A collaborative approach is required to build health care pathways that will end homelessness in Canada. Clinicians can play a role by tailoring their interventions using a comprehensive new clinical guideline on homelessness published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) . The guideline aims to inform clinicians and encourage collaboration with community organizations and policy-makers around priority steps and evidence-based interventions to treat homeless and precariously housed people at risk of homelessness. Homelessness has become a health emergency, not just a social issue. And we now know how to end it. It is critical to bring more clinicians into the conversation about homelessness and vulnerably housed people." Dr. Kevin Pottie, Bruyère Research Institute and the University of Ottawa A network of clinicians, academics, governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders, called the Homeless Health Research Network, as well as five people with lived experience of homelessness, created the guideline. A steering committee with representatives from across Canada helped coordinate the process. "Housing is medicine," says Amanda DiFalco, a fellow at the Institute of Global Homelessness and someone who has experienced homelessness herself. "We need to integrate this guidance into health policy and how we teach the next generation of clinicians." Clinicians can learn to adapt their clinical approach to meet a patient's needs -- both social and medical. The guideline recommends the following interventions to help patients who are homeless or vulnerably housed: Related Stories



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