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Medical News & Perspectives
January 6, 2015

Minimizing Health Disparities Among LGBT Patients

JAMA. 2015;313(1):15-18. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17243

The family medicine physician listened attentively as 19-year-old Kristen Eckstrand described the reason for her visit.

“I was going through a period of major depression, so over winter break I went in to see the doctor to get some help with that,” Eckstrand recalls a dozen years later. “I was trying to explain to my doctor everything that was going on in my life.”

Eckstrand had moved from her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, to attend Beloit College in Wisconsin. “It’s cold and dark in Wisconsin,” she told the physician. To make matters worse, Eckstrand explained, she had just broken up with her girlfriend.

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