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Dying homeless receiving little palliative care, study finds

Homeless people are dying in unsupported and unacceptable situations with inadequate access to palliative care, according to a study which called for improved collaboration between services.
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Homeless people are dying in unsupported and unacceptable situations with inadequate access to palliative care, according to a study which called for improved collaboration between services

Homeless people are dying in unsupported and unacceptable situations with inadequate access to palliative care services, a study has found.

Researchers from Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London (UCL), Pathway, St Mungo’s and Coordinate My Care found many homeless people approaching the end of their lives are living in hostels.

Those with advanced ill health rarely receive adequate care and support in the community, and there is a lack of appropriate services, the study found. This results in repeated unplanned and emergency hospital admissions.

Almost 130 people including homeless people, health, social care and hostel staff

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