Posted: November 23, 2015

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


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. Please note that you must complete the free registration to access the test section of the resource at the following link: To access the related course for ANCC Credit, please click here: For more instruction on LGBTQ healthcare please view the eBook, LGBTQ Cultures: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know About Sexual and Gender Diversity please click here:


Patient Care, LGBT, HIV, Health Promotion, Cultural Competence, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, LGBTQ, Homophobia, MSM, Health Care Disparities, Queer, Sexual Stigma, Transphobia, AIDS, Substance Use


Lippincott Nursing Center

Fidenlindo A. Lim, New York University College of Nursing

Donald V. Brown Jr., New York University College of Nursing

Sung Min Justin Kim, Emory University Hospital