LGBT health research — from disease prevalence to barriers to appropriate care— remains a strikingly under-developed field, according to a report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine.
That's due in part to inadequate data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity in federally-funded surveys and electronic health records, researchers concluded.
The report (a brief is available here) recommended such data inclusion for LGBT populations, as well as urging the National Institutes of Health, which sponsored the study, to devote more research on LGBT health and to create a comprehensive training approach to the field. Researchers need to actively focus attention on the LGBT community, as they have done with other minority groups, according to the report's findings.
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