Brian T. Swanson
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More than 600,000 are homeless in the USA. Homeless people have higher rates of premature mortality than the rest of the population, especially from unintentional injuries, and have an increased prevalence of mental disorders. Hospitals often encounter difficulty with discharge when homeless patients are medically stable enough to be transferred to a lower level of care. Hospitals risk potential legal action and poor portrayal by the media if a homeless patient claims he/she was discharged improperly.
The case report paper for this poster can be found here:
Kraft, Matthew, "The Role Of Physical Therapy In The Treatment And Discharge Of An Elderly Homeless Patient With Fractures Of The T12-L1 Vertebrae: A Case Report" (2015). Case Report Posters. Poster 83.