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Coping With Stress as an LGBTQ+ Health Care Professional.
J Homosex. 2018; 65(5):561-578.JH

Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual/gender minority (LGBTQ+) health care providers face both general work-related stresses and working in heteronormative settings with ill-informed or hostile coworkers and patients, yet there has been little study of whether the coping strategies are specific to LGBTQ+ stress. We analyzed qualitative data from 277 health care professionals. Sources of stress included religiously and politically conservative coworkers, coworker/patient lack of knowledge, stresses of being closeted, and concerns about being out to patients. Consequences of being out as LGBTQ+ included lack of promotions, gossip, refusals of tenure, and anti-LGBTQ+ comments and behaviors in the workplace. Respondents showed mostly positive coping strategies to deal with stress, including becoming educators/advocates and self-care activities. Self-care options were common in rural areas with few LGBTQ+ social resources. Negative coping strategies were reported by 18% of respondents. The study highlights the extra burden of stress on LGBTQ+ health care providers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Health Education, College of Health and Social Sciences , San Francisco State University , San Francisco , California , USA.b Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care , Brigham & Women's Hospital , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.c Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University , San Francisco , California , USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28537796

Citation

Eliason, Michele J., et al. "Coping With Stress as an LGBTQ+ Health Care Professional." Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 65, no. 5, 2018, pp. 561-578.
Eliason MJ, Streed C, Henne M. Coping With Stress as an LGBTQ+ Health Care Professional. J Homosex. 2018;65(5):561-578.
Eliason, M. J., Streed, C., & Henne, M. (2018). Coping With Stress as an LGBTQ+ Health Care Professional. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(5), 561-578. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1328224
Eliason MJ, Streed C, Henne M. Coping With Stress as an LGBTQ+ Health Care Professional. J Homosex. 2018;65(5):561-578. PubMed PMID: 28537796.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Coping With Stress as an LGBTQ+ Health Care Professional. AU - Eliason,Michele J, AU - Streed,Carl,Jr AU - Henne,Michael, Y1 - 2017/06/08/ PY - 2017/5/26/pubmed PY - 2018/2/22/medline PY - 2017/5/25/entrez KW - LGBTQ KW - minority stress KW - resilience KW - stress SP - 561 EP - 578 JF - Journal of homosexuality JO - J Homosex VL - 65 IS - 5 N2 - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual/gender minority (LGBTQ+) health care providers face both general work-related stresses and working in heteronormative settings with ill-informed or hostile coworkers and patients, yet there has been little study of whether the coping strategies are specific to LGBTQ+ stress. We analyzed qualitative data from 277 health care professionals. Sources of stress included religiously and politically conservative coworkers, coworker/patient lack of knowledge, stresses of being closeted, and concerns about being out to patients. Consequences of being out as LGBTQ+ included lack of promotions, gossip, refusals of tenure, and anti-LGBTQ+ comments and behaviors in the workplace. Respondents showed mostly positive coping strategies to deal with stress, including becoming educators/advocates and self-care activities. Self-care options were common in rural areas with few LGBTQ+ social resources. Negative coping strategies were reported by 18% of respondents. The study highlights the extra burden of stress on LGBTQ+ health care providers. SN - 1540-3602 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28537796/Coping_With_Stress_as_an_LGBTQ+_Health_Care_Professional_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00918369.2017.1328224 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -