4.3 Homelessness

Individuals who are homeless or in temporary housing have a significantly greater risk of exposure to TB, developing active TB and acquiring drug resistance (68); as well as an increased likelihood of having a mental health condition (69). Assessment of their situation and related socioeconomic risk factors is required (such as poor quality or no housing, low or no income), followed by referral to the necessary support (such as social care or financial, housing or employment support). Ongoing close monitoring then is needed to provide people-centred services. Assessment for mental health conditions is also beneficial to ensure that people have access to the care they may need. These actions are important to ensure that people have improved quality of life, which can also have a positive effect on treatment outcomes.

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