Addressing health care disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population: A review of best practices

Fidelindo A. Lim, Donald V. Brown, Sung Min Justin Kim

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Abstract

OVERVIEW: The health care needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) have received significant attention from policymakers in the last several years. Recent reports from the Institute of Medicine, Healthy People 2020, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have all highlighted the need for such long-overdue attention. The health care disparities that affect this population are closely tied to sexual and social stigma. Furthermore, LGBT people aren't all alike; an understanding of the various subgroups and demographic factors is vital to providing patient-centered care. This article explores LGBT health issues and health care disparities, and offers recommendations for best practices based on current evidence and standards of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-34
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume114
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • LGBT health
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • health care disparities
  • lesbian
  • patient care
  • sexual stigma
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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