Objective. To analyze patient perspectives on the role of housing in their potentially preventable hospitalization. Methods. Individuals admitted with cardiovascular-or diabetes-related diagnoses (n = 90) in a major medical center in Hawai'i completed an in-person interview eliciting patient perspectives on key factors leading to hospitalization. Using the framework approach, two independent coders identified themes. This study focused on housing-related findings. Results. Overall, 23% of participants reported housing as a precipitating factor to their hospitalization, including 12 with no regular place to stay. Four housing-related themes emerged: challenges meeting basic needs, complex chronic care management difficulties, stigma and relationship with provider, and stress and other mental health issues. Discussion. Almost 25% of patients identified housing as a key factor to their hospital stay. Patient-reported themes highlight specific mechanisms by which housing challenges may lead to hospitalization. Addressing housing issues could help reduce the number and associated cost burden of preventable hospitalizations.


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