Physicians and researchers must ask their patients about their sexual or gender orientation to improve the health status of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in March.
The wide-ranging report (http://tinyurl.com/6x4wldg) provides an overview of what is known about the health status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, gives an overview of their cultural and historical roots in the United States, and sets forth a series of recommendations aimed at developing a comprehensive research agenda addressing the unique health needs of each of these communities.
Kuehn BM. IOM: Data on Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons Needed. JAMA. 2011;305(19):1950-1951. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.629