Website spotlight: Nondiscrimination in healthcare

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 4, 2011

Think back to the last time you sought medical care. You went to a healthcare facility trusting that you would be cared for and made to feel safe. However, what if, upon arrival, the forms that you were asked to fill out made you feel discriminated against? What if you were spoken to using harsh or inappropriate language? What if doctors or nurses refused to touch you or even treat you? What if you were admitted and members of your family were not allowed visitation rights?

These are situations that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual (LGBT) community face on a regular basis in healthcare facilities across the United States.

New data from a study from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management conducted by HR Solutions show that only 54% of responding healthcare organizations in the United States currently have LGBT-friendly nondiscrimination policies in place. These policies are much more prevalent in some areas of the country than others.

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