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Institution: University of Washington, Seattle
Project Description: This research examined factors necessary for monitoring access and quality of primary health care for homeless youth. A qualitative component of the study included narrative interviews and focus groups with homeless youth. This was complemented by the development of process and outcome measures of quality health care using a modified Delphi technique. The project also included a pilot study of existing youth health-related quality of life instruments that were deemed appropriate to this population based on results of the previous research components.
Career Goals: Dr. Ensign is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington. She earned her PhD in International Public Health. Her research is practice-based and she has a special interest in applying practices and approaches from international health to US underserved populations.
Progress to Date: This grant has been completed. Dr. Ensign found youth most often stated cultural and interpersonal aspects of quality of care were important to them. Outcomes of health care included survival of homelessness, functional and disease state improvement, and having increase trust and connections with adults and the wider community. Most youth under age 18 said they were often denied health care at hospitals because of their underage status and youth over 18 years stated that health care bills contributed to their inability to obtain and maintain stable housing.
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