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ethicsIs living on the street a crime? Does a person have a right to be homeless? Being homeless is a complex issue. If a family is homeless, is it the right thing to do to report the situation to protect the children? Which is better, homeless with family or institutionalized? When something happens to individuals experiencing homelessness, who provides legal counsel to help resolve the situation, and is it sufficient and accessible? There any many ethical dilemmas when working with high risk populations such as the homeless.  Often the answers are not clear.

Do You See Me? Ethical Considerations of the Homeless

Do You See Me? Ethical Considerations of the Homeless

Housing, housing policy, and deaths of despair. Venkataramani AS, Tsai AC.Venkataramani AS, et al. Health Serv Res. 2020 Feb;55(1):5-8. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13260

Culturally Acceptable Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives for Persons Experiencing Homelessness. Stone W, Mixer SJ, Mendola A. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2019 Oct;21(5):350-357. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000530.

Bundling Justice: Medicaid's Support for Housing. Crossley M. J Law Med Ethics. 2018 Sep;46(3):595-601. doi: 10.1177/1073110518804209.

Homelessness: The Paradoxical Experience of Mattering-Not Mattering. Milton CL. Nurs Sci Q. 2018 Jul;31(3):224-225. doi: 10.1177/0894318418774939.

Citizenship and Community Mental Health Care. Ponce AN, Rowe M. Am J Community Psychol. 2018 Mar;61(1-2):22-31. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12218. Epub 2018 Jan 11.

To the Edge of the Urban Landscape: Homelessness and the Politics of Care. van Leeuwen B.
Polit Theory. 2018 Aug;46(4):586-610. doi: 10.1177/0090591716682290. Epub 2017 Jan 23.

Does Moral Case Deliberation Help Professionals in Care for the Homeless in Dealing with Their Dilemmas? A Mixed-Methods Responsive Study. Spijkerboer RP, van der Stel JC, Widdershoven GA, Molewijk AC. HEC Forum. 2017 Mar;29(1):21-41. doi: 10.1007/s10730-016-9310-3.

Homelessness and the Public's Health: Legal Responses. Hodge JG Jr, DiPietro B, Horton-Newell AE. J Law Med Ethics. 2017 Mar;45(1_suppl):28-32. doi: 10.1177/1073110517703314.

Social conditions of becoming homelessness: qualitative analysis of life stories of homeless peoples. Mabhala MA et al. Int J Equity Health. (2017)

Ethics and the Treatment of the Mentally Ill, Homeless Person: a Perspective on Psychiatry Resident Training.Stovall J et al. Acad Psychiatry. (2016)

Permanent Supportive Housing for Homeless People - Reframing the Debate. Kertesz SG, Baggett TP, O'Connell JJ, Buck DS, Kushel MB. N Engl J Med. 2016 Dec 1;375(22):2115-2117. No abstract available.

Improving access and continuity of care for homeless people: how could general practitioners effectively contribute? Results from a mixed study. Jego M, Grassineau D, Balique H, Loundou A, Sambuc R, Daguzan A, Gentile G, Gentile S. BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 30;6(11):e013610. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013610.

Social exclusion, health and hidden homelessness. Watson J, Crawley J, Kane D. Public Health. 2016 Oct;139:96-102. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.05.017. Epub 2016 Jun 20.

Doctoring for the homeless: caring for the most vulnerable by building trust. Bharel M. AMA J Ethics. 2015 May 1;17(5):469-72. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2015.17.5.mnar2-1505. No abstract available.

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