Source: BMC Palliative Care 2012, 11(1) p.14
Date of publication: September 2012
Publication type: Article
In a nutshell: Homeless populations have complex and diverse end-of-life care needs. However, they typically die outside of the end-of-life care system. To date, few studies have explored barriers to the end-of-life care system for homeless populations. This qualitative study involving health and social services professionals from across Canada sought to identify barriers to the end-of-life care system for homeless populations and generate recommendations to improve their access to end-of-life care. The article concludes that homeless people may be underserved by the end-of-life care system as a result of barriers that they face to accessing end-of-life care services. Changes to rules and regulations that reflect the health needs and circumstances of homeless people and measures to improve continuity of care have the potential to increase equity in the end-of-life care system for this underserved population.
Length of publication: 16 pages