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Running out of time: a qualitative investigation of homeless men's access to health services

Stanistreet, Debbi and Watkins, Francine and Bromley, Helen and Swami, Viren (2008) Running out of time: a qualitative investigation of homeless men's access to health services. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 17 (3). pp. 190-212. ISSN 1053-0789

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Abstract

This study examined health beliefs and health care utilisation among 20 homeless men in Liverpool, through the voices of homeless men themselves. Using semi-structured interviews and framework analysis, narratives highlighted the interplay between the limiting structures of the health care system and an individual's ability to know how to seek out health care in order to improve their own health. Specifically, we found that individual agency was contingent on the availability of a set of minimum resources, to which homeless men did not have access. These findings have important implications in terms of practical policy recommendations for improving health care utilisation among the homeless.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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