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- Considerable stigma exists toward persons experiencing homelessness (PEH)—a vulnerable population at greater risk for health disparities.1, 2
- Many healthcare students begin their programs without interacting with PEH and with preconceived notions influenced by societal stigma.
- Interprofessional education programs, such as the Enhancing Services for People Experiencing Homelessness program below, have incorporated experiential learning into curricula to address student biases and develop understanding and compassion.
- Educating students to understand issues that PEH face can help mitigate healthcare disparities.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of these interprofessional educational experiences requires valid assessment of the attitudes, interest, and confidence of students from various professions about working with PEH.
- The Health Professional Attitudes Toward the Homeless Inventory (HPATHI) is frequently used for this purpose, including for ESHP, but has several limitations:
- Developed with a sample of medical students, overgeneralizing its validity for other health professions
- Standard-practice psychometric approaches were not used to support its validity.
- Final solution included several cross-loaded items.
cognitive interviewing, content validity
Interprofessional Education | Medical Education | Medicine and Health Sciences
Toth-Cohen, Susan; Brucato, Maria; DiNardo, Kerry; and Hass, Richard, "Validation of the Factor Structure of the Health Professionals’ Attitudes Toward the Homeless Inventory (HPATHI)" (2023). JCIPE Posters. 11.