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CE: Addressing Health Care Disparities in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Population A Review of Best Practices

Lim, Fidelindo A. DNP, RN; Brown, Donald V. Jr. MA; Justin Kim, Sung Min BSN, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: June 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 6 - p 24–34
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000450423.89759.36
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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.

This article explores LGBT health issues and health care disparities, and offers recommendations for best practices based on current evidence and standards of care.

Fidelindo A. Lim is a clinical instructor at the New York University College of Nursing in New York City, where Donald V. Brown Jr. is an academic advisor. Sung Min Justin Kim is an ED nurse at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. Contact author: Fidelindo A. Lim, fl9@nyu.edu. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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