A systematic review of the effect of stigma on the health of people experiencing homelessness

Reilly, J., Ho, I. and Williamson, A. (2022) A systematic review of the effect of stigma on the health of people experiencing homelessness. Health and Social Care in the Community, (doi: 10.1111/hsc.13884) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Experiencing homelessness is associated with poor health, high levels of chronic disease and high premature mortality. Experiencing homelessness is known to be socially stigmatised and stigma has been suggested as a cause of health inequalities. No previous review has synthesised the evidence about stigma related to homelessness and the impact on the health of people experiencing homelessness. The present mixed-methods review systematically searched four databases and retrieved 21 original articles with relevant data around stigma, homelessness and health. Across all studies, there was broad agreement that some people experiencing homelessness experience significant stigma from providers when accessing health care and this impacts on general health and service access. There is also evidence that perceived stigma related to homelessness correlates with poorer mental and physical health.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Johanna Reilly recieved funding from an NHS Education for Scotland clinical academic fellowship while completing this review.
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williamson, Professor Andrea
Authors: Reilly, J., Ho, I., and Williamson, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Health and Social Care in the Community
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0966-0410
ISSN (Online):1365-2524
Published Online:28 June 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 John Wiley and Sons Ltd
First Published:First published in Health and Social Care in the Community 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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