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.
"Re-discovery of Health Self-care Among Homeless Men and Women After an Incarceration Experience,"
Journal for Evidence-based Practice in Correctional Health:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/jepch/vol1/iss1/6