Client: Dr. Stephen Hwang

Navigator Project: Factors Affecting 90-Day Readmission to a General Medical Unit in the Homeless Population (2017 – Ongoing)

Chart reviewsMixed methodsQualitative interviewsSurveys

Project Overview

The purpose of this study is to examine factors that may cause readmission to hospital among people experiencing homelessness within 90 days of discharge from a general medical unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. Readmission to hospital has been a prominent area of focus for health care researchers and policymakers given its high prevalence and financial burden on the health care system. Despite the growing attention paid to hospital readmissions in the general population, very few studies have focused on risk factors for re-hospitalization among people experiencing homeless. It is well known that people experiencing homelessness have higher rates of health care use and suffer more from disease than the general population. This study will aim to identify the causes of hospital readmissions among people experiencing homelessness and provide the foundation for future studies to prevent recurrent hospitalizations, reduce health care costs, and improve health outcomes. Data was collected through survey administration with a variety of health care providers and hospital in-patients and chart reviews.

SRU role: Project management, including primary data collection (recruitment, survey administration) and chart reviews.

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Health care planning and access to care

Homelessness and housing