Dr. David Turbow and Dr. Albert Ngo

AUHS Faculty and Staff Published in International Archives of Community Medicine

Pharmacy professor Dr. Albert Ngo and AUHS Director of Institutional Research and Assessment published a systematic review and meta-analysis of morbidity and mortality among the U.S. homeless population. “Homelessness is a modern social and economic problem of major public significance.” (Ngo and Turbow, 2019) Through their review, they identified how various acute and chronic illnesses are associated with mortality in homeless people, in order to find the leading cause of death in the homeless population.

Ngo and Turbow utilized principal component analysis, examining existing data from peer-reviewed articles related to morbidity and mortality of the U.S. homeless population. “As revealed by the PCA, untreated chronic diseases are the major contributing causes to early death among U.S. homeless people.” They found that cancer, heart disease, infectious and parasitic disease, respiratory disease, psychoactive drug abuse, transportation injury, and diabetes lead to diseases that resulted in the early death of 53.9% of homeless people.

The chronic diseases listed above are preventable and treatable; however, “many homeless people do not have access to preventive and affordable health care.” Ngo and Turbow conclude that programs that offer affordable and accessible preventive care to the homeless will help reduce health disparities. One solution posited was calling for “the creation of ambulatory care opportunities for homeless people and creation of health care facilities funded by the federal government or non-profit organization dedicated only to the homeless population free of cost may be very beneficial to reduce the health disparities and improve the well-being of homeless people.”

American University of Health Sciences is committed to improving the lives and health outcomes of the homeless and underserved. Ngo and Turbow’s research helps us identify more ways in which we, as a university, can intervene and offer services to improve the quality of life of underserved populations.

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