I ran across an article the other day. An opinion piece posted in a noted medical journal, the article discussed the difference between patient-centered care and person-focused care. The final page of the article featured the following quote:
Do doctors and other medical professionals have an ethical obligation to treat homelessness as a unique condition? One of the most prestigious medical journals in the world says yes. In a two paper series published in the British medical journal The Lancet, the authors advocate for an expanded understanding of the healthcare needs of “the homeless.” They point to the morbidity that exists within populations experiencing homelessness and describe interventions. Most of all, they sound a clarion for medical professionals around the world to reconsider homelessness in the context of health.