AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2009, Volume 11, Number 1.

Ethics Poll

Homelessness in the United States

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

According to the 2007 Annual Report of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, military veterans make up what percentage of the homeless population?

For correct answer, see "The Army of Lost Souls."

People who live on the streets and in shelters have a high percentage of unmanaged chronic disease, infectious diseases including TB and HIV, and mental illness. How should medicine and society address health care for homeless people?
Some homeless people earn money by volunteering to be participants in clinical research. Which of the following statements best describes what you think about this practice?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.