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Reflections on health among women in homelessness: A qualitative study
Marie Cederschiöld University, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2135-2684
Marie Cederschiöld University, Department of Health Care Sciences. Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-3260
Marie Cederschiöld University, Department of Health Care Sciences. Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5104-1281
Högskolan i Gävle.
2022 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 29, no 5, p. 709-720Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Mental health issues are common among women in homelessness, alongside undertreated chronic physical conditions leading to serious and unnecessary complications. Even though homelessness and risks of impaired health have been researched, broader perspectives of health are absent.

Aim: To describe reflections on health among women with experiences of homelessness.

Method: We conducted thirteen interviews with women in homelessness using researcher-driven photo elicitation. Together with an advisory board of women with lived experience of homelessness, researchers were guided by the DEPICT model for collaborative data analysis and performed a thematic analysis.

Findings: Women with experiences of homelessness emphasized three main resources for achieving health and well-being: feelings of having a home, being involved in authentic relationships and experiences of preserved dignity.

Implication for practice: Healthcare needs to integrate the perceived resources for health and well-being when caring for women in homelessness. It is imperative since women will return to the healthcare setting only if they feel safe and secure, and only if dignity is preserved or restored. The results promote utilization of an integrative nursing approach; understanding that the health of women in homelessness is inseparable from their environment and social determinants for health, such as housing and social integration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. Vol. 29, no 5, p. 709-720
Keywords [en]
Health, Health equity, Homeless persons, Photo-elicitation, Women’s health
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-9683DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12859ISI: 000840714500001PubMedID: 35861352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-9683DiVA, id: diva2:1685438
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Inclusion health for women in homelessness - development, feasibility and implementation of interventions, Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Swedish Research Council
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In collaboration with: Women Advisory Board for Inclusion Health. Ersta Möjlighet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Available from: 2022-08-02 Created: 2022-08-02 Last updated: 2023-03-21Bibliographically approved

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