Kertesz's research focuses on improving health and social service delivery for vulnerable populations, including persons with homeless experience, pain, and substance use disorder. Overarching themes in Kertesz's research include the need for special models of primary care for homeless populations, social policy responses to homelessness, care of populations with pain and/or opioid receipt, and prevention of suicide. Kertesz cares directly for Veterans with homeless experience.
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Discusses implications for Patient Safety". Explains research that identifies adverse patient outcomes, including death by suicide, after reduction of long-term prescribed opioids.
Surveys 5406 homeless-experienced veterans across 26 US communities and finds recent unsheltered homeless time was found to correlate with individual and community risk factors.
Finds 5766 homeless-experienced veterans, specialized primary care services to produce better primary care experience and prevent bad care experiences, when compared to the experience of homeless-experienced veterans in mainstream primary care settings.
Summarizes a Veterans Affairs study, led by Dr. Kertesz, examining the VA's fidelity to the Housing First model of intervention for homeless Veterans.
Reviews data that supports, alternately, Housing First interventions and behavioral treatment models for persons with addiction and current homelessness.