Understanding LGBT patient preferences for sharing sexual orientation and gender identity

Understanding LGBT patient preferences for sharing sexual orientation and gender identity
Center for Surgery and Public Health

A recent study published in JAMA Open showed that LGBT patients feel more comfortable sharing their sexual orientation and gender identity as a part of a written form than verbally during emergency room visits. Finding out the best way to ask the question is important because “healthcare organizations have been recommending collecting sexual orientation and gender identity information from patients,” according to study coauthor Adele Levine. “From a population health standpoint, collecting these data can help identify if there are disparities in care and direct efforts to address these inequities. On a patient level, it can create a dialogue between patients and clinicians and promote a welcoming, inclusive environment.”

Media coverage:

  • Reuters, LGBT patients may prefer to report sexual orientation in writing
  • Becker’s Hospital Review, Many LGBT patients prefer to report sexual orientation on paper, study finds
  • Physician’s Weekly, LGBT patients may prefer to report sexual orientation in writing
  • Gay Star News, LGBTI patients prefer to list their sexual orientation in writing, new study shows
  • WHTC and WTAQ radio stations