Health Care Needs and Care Utilization Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations in New Jersey

Rubab I. Qureshi, Peijia Zha, Suzanne Kim, Patricia Hindin, Zoon Naqvi, Cheryl Holly, William Dubbs, Wendy Ritch

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore prevalent health issues, perceived barriers to seeking health care, and utilization of health care among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations in New Jersey. A cross-sectional online survey was administered to 438 self-identified LGBT people. Results identified health needs, which included management of chronic diseases, preventive care for risky behaviors, mental health issues, and issues related to interpersonal violence. Barriers to seeking health care included scarceness of health professionals competent in LGBT health, inadequate health insurance coverage and lack of personal finances, and widely dispersed LGBT inclusive practices making transportation difficult. There is a need for better preparation of health care professionals who care for LGBT patients, to strengthen social services to improve access and for better integration of medical and social services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 28 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

Keywords

  • Barriers to care
  • LGBT health
  • LGBT health care encounter
  • health care utilization
  • mental health

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