Assess The Causes Of A Vulnerable Population

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A vulnerable population can be defined as a population that is at risk of poor physical, psychological, and/or social health. Looking further into the definition of a vulnerable population, being ‘at risk’ suggests a high probability of illness and inappropriate or no healthcare. According to Ferrel & Coyle (2010), “people who are poor constitute a vulnerable population, a term used in community health to describe social groups at greater risk for adverse health outcomes. The causes of this vulnerability are typically low socioeconomic status and lack of access to resources” (pg. 661). The very factors that contribute to vulnerability in populations serve as barriers to their ability to access palliative and hospice care at the end of life.
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