Traduction en anglais : Spectrum of diseases and drug therapy for the destitute homeless in Munich.
In Germany there are currently approx. 200000 homeless single people, and the trend is rising.
As a result of the situation in which they find themselves, many of these persons are ill and in need of medical treatment.
A study was performed in Munich/Germany, focussing on a medical practice providing care for the homeless, to investigate their illnesses and pharmacological therapy.
The medical practice was located in a municipal shelter.
Each year about 350 different destitute homeless men - about 15 per cent of all single homeless people in Munich - were cared for.
The men, whose ages ranged from about 17 to 74 years were single and the majority lived in shelters, bed and breakfast accommodations, or shared apartments.
About ten per cent lived on the street.
For the study, 171 randomly selected medical records were analysed for the period ofjuly 1994 to june 1995.
The homeless men suffered principally from the following illnesses : psychiatric illnesses (36%), infectious and parasitic diseases (31%), skin diseases (30%), injuries (29%), diseases of the skeleton, of the muscles and of the connective tissues (28%), diseases of the respiratory organs (27%), cardiovascular diseases (24%), and diseases of the digestive organs (17%). Seventy-five per cent of the patients recived drug treatment.
In the case of 37% of the patients, wounds were treated and dressed in the medical practice itself. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Sans domicile fixe, Homme, Epidémiologie, Morbidité, Chimiothérapie, Traitement, Allemagne, Europe, Milieu urbain
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Homeless, Human, Epidemiology, Morbidity, Chemotherapy, Treatment, Germany, Europe, Urban environment
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0099568
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 22/06/1998.