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Kathryn Dong has seen a fair number of inner-city patients in the emergency ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Kathryn Dong has seen a fair number of inner-city patients in the emergency ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Because of that, the emergency physician and assistant professor at the University of Alberta took action to create a better understanding of a population that she said is typically underserviced.

“We want to address some of the underlying issues,” said Dong. “Like mental health, drugs, the ability to be compliant.”

Learning about the resources already available to a vulnerable patient group, while developing a shared medical plan that sees the doctor and patient work together to ensure results, are main the goals of the program.

“People only end up in the hospital when they’re really, really, really sick,” said second-year medical resident Natalie Choo. “And (the inner-city people’s) lifestyle is such that it involves high-risk factors that we need to look at.”

Denis Meier, manager of the Herb Jamieson Centre, said his clients being seen out of an emergency-room context will be beneficial.

“The issues are probably very much the same,” he said. “(They’re) just more extreme because they don’t have the easy access to medical services.”

 
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