Preventive, Wound, and Palliative Care for Homeless Patients

$9.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate


CE Course Description

Homeless health care clinicians often interact with patients who have acute and urgent needs that take priority over general preventive measures.  This CE course addresses screenings that are relevant for populations of people experiencing homelessness, the different kinds of programs that can help expand access to preventive health care services, how to facilitate improved wound care for the homeless population, and issues and challenges that health care providers confront while providing palliative care to patients experiencing homelessness.

Author:  National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  (October 2017).  Preventive Care for People Experiencing Homelessness.  Healing Hands, 21:2.  (Author: Melissa Jean, Writer).  Nashville, TN.;  National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  (October 2017).  Expanding Our Vision of the Possibilities for Preventive Care.  Healing Hands, 21:3.  (Author: Melissa Jean, Writer).  Nashville, TN.;  National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  (January 2017).  Best practices and Considerations for Wound Care.  Healing Hands, 21:1.  (Author: Melissa Jean, Writer).  Nashville, TN.;  National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  (January 2018).  Patient-Centered Care: Case Studies of End of Life.  Healing Hands, 22:1.  (Author: Melissa Jean, Writer).  Nashville, TN.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary preventive care.

2.  List five preventive health measures that the USPSTF guidelines to the homeless population identifies as high priority.

3.  Explain why homeless people use the emergency department.

4.  Summarize three ways that may be helpful in bridging the “digital divide” and expanding the relevance of telehealth initiatives to populations experiencing homelessness.

5.  Identify three screenings for which trauma-informed care is particularly important.

6.  Describe what is central to harm reduction practice.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Preventive Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

a.  Disease Prevalence, Morbidity, and Mortality

b.  Preventive Care Recommendations

c.  Key Screenings

d.  Expanding Access to Preventive Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

2.  Expanding Our Vision of Possibilities for Preventive Care

a.  Patient-Level Barriers to Accessing Preventive Care

b.  Trauma-Informed Care

c.  Building Trusting Relationships

d.  Building a Patient-Centered Culture

e.  Holistic Health Care

f.  Inventive Interventions

g.  Community Partnerships to Create Networks of Care

3.  Best Practices and Considerations for Wound Care

a.  The Role of Clinics

b.  The Role of Medical Respite

c.  The Role of Outreach Workers

4.  Patient-Centered Care: Case Studies on End of Life



Date Added: 2018-11-19

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