Essay The Health Care System And Lgbtq Patients

1601 Words Nov 28th, 2016 7 Pages
Despite the growing numbers of Americans who identify as LGBTQ (queer) the community still lacks basic resources and support. One sector that is particularly inefficient and harmful is the health care system. Numerous studies illustrate the shortcomings of medical schools and the medical care systems from the mid-nineties through the 2011. The studies focus on the lack of queer education in the schooling process, the specific health issues that queer people face, and the barriers to care. However, there is little discussion about the patients themselves, their experiences under this broken system or the ways that inadequate services affect their health and access to or desire for care. This review examines the literature focused on three factors that influence the relationship between the health care system and LGBTQ patients (1) How medical schools teach about LGBTQ topics to students (2) Clinicians experiences and ability to provide adequate care, and (3) the experience of queer patients. The articles examined are (1) Adolescent Health Care Experience of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Young Adults Laura B. Allen et al. (2) Examining clinicians ' experiences providing sexual health services for LGBTQ youth: considering social and structural determinants of health in clinical practice. Knight, R. E. et al. (3) How the topic of homosexuality is taught at U.S. Medical Schools Sanchez Nelson F, et al. (4) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Related Content in Undergraduate…

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