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Abstract

Abstract

Approximately 10 % of all homeless men and women in the United States have a history of incarceration. Men and women who are homeless and have a history of incarceration are burdened with chronic health conditions that include infectious disease, chronic medical conditions, mental health disorders and a history of drug/substance use or addiction. Personal health self – care is a challenge as many are without health insurance, healthcare access, and without financial resources.

Interviews were conducted with twenty-six homeless men and women released from a county detention center to explore health self-care among this population. Approval to conduct research of Human Subjects was obtained (CUA IRB 00000082). Health self-care found among released men and women confirmed support for the developing Rediscovery of Self-care (RSC): nursing care of a person with an incarceration experience model.

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