Changing attitudes toward homeless people: A curriculum evaluation

David Buchanan, Louis Rohr, Laura Kehoe, Susan B. Glick, Sharad Jain

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We assessed the impact of a 2-week required rotation in homeless health care on primary care residents' attitudes toward homeless people. Attitudes were assessed before and after the course using the Attitudes Toward Homelessness Inventory (ATHI), an instrument previously validated among undergraduate students. Attitude scores on the ATHI improved from 46 to 52 (range of possible scores 11 to 66; P = .001). The ATHI subscales showed, after the course, that residents had a greater belief that homelessness had societal causes and felt more comfortable affiliating with homeless people. After the course, residents also reported an increased interest in volunteering with homeless populations on an anonymous survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-568
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number5 PART 2
StatePublished - May 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude of health personnel
  • Curriculum
  • Homeless persons
  • Medical education
  • Social medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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