Addressing Homelessness and Substance Use in Emergency Department Patients
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: May 2016 - April 2022
Principal Investigator: Doran, Kelly

Homelessness and substance use form a vicious spiral that results in sustained homelessness, worsened addiction, poor health outcomes, and frequent emergency department use. The goal of this study was to develop optimal approaches to emergency department-based homelessness prevention interventions for patients with unhealthy alcohol or drug use, including accurate identification of patients who were at highest risk for future homelessness.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Jurewicz A, Padgett DK, Ran ZW, Castelblanco DG, McCormack RP, Gelberg L, Shelley D, Doran KM (2022).
Social relationships, homelessness, and substance use among emergency department patients
Substance Abuse, 43 (1), 573-580. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2021.1975869. PMCID: PMC9213105.

Doran KM, Ran Z, Castelblanco D, Shelley D, Padgett DK (2019).
“It wasn’t just one thing”: A qualitative study of newly homeless emergency department patients
Academic Emergency Medicine, 26 (9), 982-993. doi: 10.1111/acem.13677. PMCID: PMC6732033.

Gerber E, Gelberg L, Rotrosen J, Castelblanco D, Mijanovich T, Doran KM (2020).
Health-related material needs and substance use among emergency department patients
Substance Abuse, 41 (2), 196-202. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1635960. PMCID: PMC6994322.

Doran KM, Rahai N, McCormack RP, Milian J, Shelley D, Rotrosen J, Gelberg L (2018).
Substance use and homelessness among emergency department patients
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 188, 328-333. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.04.021. PMCID: PMC6478031.