Researchers are advocating for the inclusion of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression) data in health systems to understand better and address unique health challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. A JAMA Cardiology paper highlights the urgent need for systematic SOGIE data collection across electronic health records, databases, and clinical trials. This data is vital for identifying and addressing health disparities, especially in cardiovascular health, where LGBTQ+ populations may experience unique stressors and risks. However, challenges include:
- Sensitivity in data collection.
- Lack of training among healthcare providers.
- Political factors affecting the implementation.
The goal is to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community through better data collection and understanding.
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[Source: STAT, January 26th, 2024]