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ADAPTING YOUR PRACTICE: Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Adults with Chronic Non-Malignant Pain

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Substance Use Disorders, Behavioral Health.

Year Developed: 2011

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Clinical Leaders

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: Clinical practice guidelines for people who are homeless employ the same standards of care as for people with stable housing. Nevertheless, primary care providers who routinely serve homeless individuals recognize an increased need to take living situations and co-occurring disorders into consideration when working with these patients to develop a plan of care. The practice adaptations recommended in this document are based on a comprehensive review of published reports and consensus opinion of clinicians with expertise in homeless health care, treatment of chronic pain, and addiction medicine.

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