Primary care access for homeless people: identifying best practice using Merchants Quay Ireland as a model of primary care provision

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/106646
Title:
Primary care access for homeless people: identifying best practice using Merchants Quay Ireland as a model of primary care provision
Authors:
O'Sullivan, Karin
Affiliation:
Combat Poverty Agency (CPA)
Publisher:
Combat Poverty Agency (CPA)
Issue Date:
Sep-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/106646
Item Type:
Working Paper
Description:
‘Specialist Scheme’ models of health care provision have been set up in order to facilitate better access to health care for marginalised groups. One such scheme operates at Merchants Quay Ireland which aims to address the health care access needs of homeless people. Through the utilization of one-to-one interviews with service users, health care staff and policy makers, this study assesses the model in terms of (a) how and whether the special scheme addresses the primary health care needs of homeless people and (b) the gaps in service provision that exist in both the special scheme service and broader mainstream services. Findings demonstrate that access to primary health care is greatly enhanced as a result of the ‘Specialist Scheme’. However gaps in services were found to persist at the level of primary and secondary care and in particular for clients who present with complex needs. Issues around discharge planning and follow-on care continue to present challenges for the provision of primary care to homeless people. Study findings are used to identify best practice in primary care access for homeless people in the context of the National Primary Care Strategy.
Keywords:
HOMELESSNESS; PRIMARY CARE
Series/Report no.:
Working Paper Series; 08/06
ISBN:
9781905485680

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Karinen
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-22T14:48:12Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-22T14:48:12Z-
dc.date.issued2008-09-
dc.identifier.isbn9781905485680-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/106646-
dc.description‘Specialist Scheme’ models of health care provision have been set up in order to facilitate better access to health care for marginalised groups. One such scheme operates at Merchants Quay Ireland which aims to address the health care access needs of homeless people. Through the utilization of one-to-one interviews with service users, health care staff and policy makers, this study assesses the model in terms of (a) how and whether the special scheme addresses the primary health care needs of homeless people and (b) the gaps in service provision that exist in both the special scheme service and broader mainstream services. Findings demonstrate that access to primary health care is greatly enhanced as a result of the ‘Specialist Scheme’. However gaps in services were found to persist at the level of primary and secondary care and in particular for clients who present with complex needs. Issues around discharge planning and follow-on care continue to present challenges for the provision of primary care to homeless people. Study findings are used to identify best practice in primary care access for homeless people in the context of the National Primary Care Strategy.en
dc.publisherCombat Poverty Agency (CPA)en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper Seriesen
dc.relation.ispartofseries08/06en
dc.subjectHOMELESSNESSen
dc.subjectPRIMARY CAREen
dc.titlePrimary care access for homeless people: identifying best practice using Merchants Quay Ireland as a model of primary care provisionen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.contributor.departmentCombat Poverty Agency (CPA)en
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