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Physician house call services for medically needy, inner-city residents.

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  • Research Article
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Political Science


To increase access to services, a non-profit, voluntary health agency was developed to provide on-site services to residents of hotels and night shelters in the Skid Road area of Portland, Oregon. From a hotel-based clinic site, volunteer physicians, nurses, and medical students make house calls. During the first 18 months, 1,184 evaluations were made, and 21 hotels and two shelters visited. Volunteers were well accepted by residents and served as members of case management teams. The additional benefits of such a program vis-a-vis extension of local government's mission and student education are discussed.

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