Event Title

Health Care Disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals struggle with in the 21st Century

Location

Edwards Hall Lobby

Document Type

Poster Presentation (1 hour)

Description

Abstract

Today the standard of health care is to address the entire person. This is not the case for individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender (LGBT). “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report concludes that ‘LGBT individuals have reported experiencing refusal of treatment by health care staff, verbal abuse, and disrespectful behavior, as well as many other forms of failure to provide adequate care’” (Rounds, R.E., McGrath, B. B., Walsh, E. p. 99). The LGBT population requires a unique standard of care however, their sexuality is often a barrier to receiving basic health care. It is important that healthcare providers collaborate with families, educate themselves and their staff to assure that a standard level of treatment is received by all patients that identify as LGBT. This paper will address health disparities identified by LGBT individuals, and health care professionals in addition to recommendations on how to decrease health care disparities.

Start Date

April 2014

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Apr 26th, 2:10 PM

Health Care Disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals struggle with in the 21st Century

Edwards Hall Lobby

Abstract

Today the standard of health care is to address the entire person. This is not the case for individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender (LGBT). “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report concludes that ‘LGBT individuals have reported experiencing refusal of treatment by health care staff, verbal abuse, and disrespectful behavior, as well as many other forms of failure to provide adequate care’” (Rounds, R.E., McGrath, B. B., Walsh, E. p. 99). The LGBT population requires a unique standard of care however, their sexuality is often a barrier to receiving basic health care. It is important that healthcare providers collaborate with families, educate themselves and their staff to assure that a standard level of treatment is received by all patients that identify as LGBT. This paper will address health disparities identified by LGBT individuals, and health care professionals in addition to recommendations on how to decrease health care disparities.