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August 2020

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Children and families are especially susceptible to both immediate and long-term adverse health impacts caused by housing instability. Currently, there lacks a universal housing instability screening tool within the medical setting. The lack of this tool is leaving at-risk populations without access to resources that would reduce the impact of housing instability on families. The goal of this research is to create a universal screening tool that will be used in the healthcare setting. Methods: To explore current promising screening practices, a literature review was conducted using the following five databases: Pubmed, CINAHL, Socindex, Pschyinfo, and Google Scholar. This search produced 8,199 unique pieces of literature. The abstracts of the literature were then uploaded into the screening database, Covidence, where they were screened for further review. After this initial screening phase, 100 articles went on for further text review. This screening tool is being created based on an extensive literature review in addition to interviews that are being conducted with health care professionals, other professions that work with families experiencing housing instability, and at-risk populations. In addition, this research also provides primary care clinicians with guidance on the importance of frequent screening for housing instability within their patient populations, specifically children and families through a fact sheet made in collaboration with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Network to End Family Homelessness.

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