The LGBTQIA+ acronym embraces culturally diverse individuals with a variety of identities, behaviors, or desires that have historically exposed them to discrimination in access to adequate healthcare. Consider the role of marginalization in LGBTQIA+ health disparities. Unconscious biases negatively impact provision of quality healthcare. Likewise, perceived judgement can lead to reluctance to reveal orientation or identity, further impacting quality of care.
Healthcare practitioners must educate themselves about this history of discrimination in healthcare and modify their practice to be inclusive and affirming to LGBTQIA+ individuals. To effectively search the literature, it is important to familiarize oneself with relevant terminology, which is discussed below.
Browse a curated collection on health disparities: LGBTQIA+ eBook Collection