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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1997 Nov;8(4):437-45.

Factors associated with return visits to a homeless clinic.

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Department of Family/Community Nursing, College of Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City 37604-0676, USA.


Associations between characteristics of homeless clients and their return visits to a nurse-managed primary health care clinic were examined using a retrospective chart review of 1,467 records from clients seen between 1991 and 1994. Client characteristics examined included age, education, race, gender, sheltered status, report of chronic disease, and report of family living in the area. Only 47 percent of clients made return visits to the clinic. Logistic regression indicated that those with reported chronic disease, males, whites, and those living on the street were more likely to have returned to the clinic for care than those without chronic illness, females, nonwhites, and those living in some type of shelter. Results suggest the need for program planning and evaluation for this population, which particularly considers women, nonwhites, and those without chronic disease as target groups for services.

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