End-of-Life Care for Homeless Patients: She Says She is There to Help Me in Any Situation

End-of-Life Care for Homeless Patients: She Says She is There to Help Me in Any Situation

This article describes the unique conditions of a doctor/patient relationship when the patient is homeless. For obvious reason, homeless people have difficulty preparing for death but effective palliative care can still be administered by clinicians. The authors present the case of Dr. E and his patient Mr. K, a homeless man dying from renal failure. Dr. E managed to forge a trusting relationship with Mr. K, who had never followed through on previous medical treatments. Because of the relationship Dr. E was able to provide some comfort level to Mr. K's final days. (Harvard Libraries)

JOURNAL: Journal of the American Medical Association
VOLUME: 297
ISSUE: 3
PAGES: 305-305
SOURCE: 297(3)305-305
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007