Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Kane, Debbie (Nursing)

Keywords

Nursing.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the health issues that affect hidden homeless IV drug users, with respect to four determinants of health: physical environment, social environment, personal health practices and coping skills and health services. A comparison of hidden homeless IV drug users (IDUs) and non-injecting drug users (NIDUs) was conducted as a secondary analysis of data obtained in a needs assessment of the health and social services used by a hidden homeless population. The results suggest that IDUs have more health issues related to high risk behaviours, blood borne viral infections, stigmatization and lack of social support. Implications for practice include the need for a `housing first' approach to housing; creation of a drop-in centre; and education regarding homelessness and drug use to eliminate the stigmatization that exists towards this population. Further research with a larger sample of hidden homeless IDUs is warranted.

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