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Poor Vision and Oral Health Negatively Impact Those Experiencing Homelessness

30 June 2015
National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council

The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council has released a literature review on the quality of life impact of poor vision and oral health among people experiencing homelessness. The report, Vision & Oral Health among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness, outlines the prevalence and factors leading to poor vision and dental health outcomes, and provides recommendations on how to improve vision and oral health for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Oral and vision health can have a positive impact on the quality of life of individuals by ensuring that individuals can participate in their communities and live an active lifestyle. Recent studies have found that 90% of HCH clients reported experiencing some form of dental issues, and 30% had problems with their vision. Age, hypertension, diabetes, and individuals’ personal barriers are some of the factors leading to the increasing number of individuals experiencing homelessness reporting poor oral and vision health. These findings have a variety of implications, including the adverse impact on individual’s physical, social, emotional, functional quality of life and well-being. 

Click here to read the full report.