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Q&A: Designing LGBTQIA+ friendly healthcare

Medical Environment Update, April 8, 2021

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by Brian Ward

For a long time, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare organizations have not met the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients, either through ignorance or active discrimination. With acceptance of LGBTQIA+ patients on the rise, and more and more people coming out, healthcare organizations are being encouraged to evolve to meet the needs of all their patients—whatever their sex, gender, and orientation.

To aid in this effort, clinicians and researchers at Fenway Health in Boston published two papers that contain recommendations on how to adapt your healthcare facility into a culturally responsive organization.

For more insight, MEU spoke with study author Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, about LGBTQIA+ health and patient safety. Keuroghlian is the director of both the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center at Fenway Health and the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Psychiatry Gender Identity Program.

This Q&A has been lightly edited for clarity.

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