Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for Homeless Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
This resource, developed by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, provides valuable information about Diabetes Mellitus, its effects on homeless patients and the subsequent treatment recommendations.
Diabetes has emerged as one of the largest health issues in the United States today. Persons who are experiencing homelessness bear additional difficulties when trying to manage diabetes within the constraints of living in a shelter or on the streets. Clinicians who provide care to homeless people living with diabetes face complex challenges to adapt their practices to address the rigors of diabetes treatment while accommodating for the realities of their patients’ lives.
In 2002, the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network assembled an advisory committee of primary care providers working in Health Care for the Homeless programs to provide specific recommendations for the clinical practice of working with homeless persons with diabetes. This year, the new committee comprised of a mix of members from the 2002 team along with new members, reviewed the guidelines to assure the recommendations reflect updated ADA guidelines. Additions were made to reflect changes within the homeless healthcare field as well.
We offer these recommendations to help health care providers to continue to improve the quality of care for their patients. (Authors)
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