Homeless people have higher rates of hospital and emergency department use than the general population and often suffer from serious conditions upon admittance, resulting in high medical costs and potentially long stays.

These people are not always easily identifiable because of a lack of or improper documentation and recognition bias by emergency medicine professionals, which can result in improper care.

This study sought to determine how prevalent homelessness is in emergency department settings and whether it varied by season and day of the week.

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