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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Perceptions and Health Care Experiences.
J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv 2015; 27(2):246-261JG

Abstract

Background

The goal study of this was to explore attitudes, health knowledge, and experiences with healthcare setting and providers among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (GLBTQ) individuals and to identify areas for improvement.

Methods

Members of Equality Florida™ residing in the five counties of the Tampa Bay region were recruited through email invitation to complete a 60-item questionnaire assessing demographics, attitudes, and experiences with healthcare providers (HCPs). Additional open-ended questions focused on experiences with HCPs and suggestions for ways to improve HCPs' cultural competency.

Results

632 respondents completed the survey of which 41% were gay men and 29% were lesbian. The majority of participants was White, non-Hispanic (93%), married/partnered (78%), and had health insurance (88%). The majority (67%) reported they always or often disclosed their sexual orientation/identity to an HCP and few had negative reactions in the healthcare setting (<10%). Healthcare settings with equality signs and gender-neutral language were perceived as safer. Participants' responses suggested need for policy changes and improved cultural competence among HCPs.

Conclusion

Results show high rates of sexual orientation disclosure, greater acceptance from providers of GLBTQ status, and the need for examination of hospital policies and improved cultural competency.

Authors+Show Affiliations

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.Equality Florida Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida.University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30996583

Citation

Quinn, Gwendolyn P., et al. "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Perceptions and Health Care Experiences." Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, vol. 27, no. 2, 2015, pp. 246-261.
Quinn GP, Sutton SK, Winfield B, et al. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Perceptions and Health Care Experiences. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2015;27(2):246-261.
Quinn, G. P., Sutton, S. K., Winfield, B., Breen, S., Canales, J., Shetty, G., ... Schabath, M. B. (2015). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Perceptions and Health Care Experiences. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 27(2), pp. 246-261. doi:10.1080/10538720.2015.1022273.
Quinn GP, et al. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Perceptions and Health Care Experiences. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2015;27(2):246-261. PubMed PMID: 30996583.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Perceptions and Health Care Experiences. AU - Quinn,Gwendolyn P, AU - Sutton,Steven K, AU - Winfield,Brian, AU - Breen,Shannon, AU - Canales,Jorge, AU - Shetty,Gina, AU - Sehovic,Ivana, AU - Green,B Lee, AU - Schabath,Matthew B, Y1 - 2015/06/10/ PY - 2019/4/19/entrez PY - 2015/1/1/pubmed PY - 2015/1/1/medline KW - GLBTQ KW - cultural competency KW - disclosure KW - disparities KW - healthcare policy SP - 246 EP - 261 JF - Journal of gay & lesbian social services JO - J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv VL - 27 IS - 2 N2 - Background: The goal study of this was to explore attitudes, health knowledge, and experiences with healthcare setting and providers among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (GLBTQ) individuals and to identify areas for improvement. Methods: Members of Equality Florida™ residing in the five counties of the Tampa Bay region were recruited through email invitation to complete a 60-item questionnaire assessing demographics, attitudes, and experiences with healthcare providers (HCPs). Additional open-ended questions focused on experiences with HCPs and suggestions for ways to improve HCPs' cultural competency. Results: 632 respondents completed the survey of which 41% were gay men and 29% were lesbian. The majority of participants was White, non-Hispanic (93%), married/partnered (78%), and had health insurance (88%). The majority (67%) reported they always or often disclosed their sexual orientation/identity to an HCP and few had negative reactions in the healthcare setting (<10%). Healthcare settings with equality signs and gender-neutral language were perceived as safer. Participants' responses suggested need for policy changes and improved cultural competence among HCPs. Conclusion: Results show high rates of sexual orientation disclosure, greater acceptance from providers of GLBTQ status, and the need for examination of hospital policies and improved cultural competency. SN - 1053-8720 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30996583/Lesbian_Gay_Bisexual_Transgender_Queer/Questioning__LGBTQ__Perceptions_and_Health_Care_Experiences_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/30996583/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -