LGBTQ+ patients experience significant discrimination in healthcare settings and face disproportionate barriers to care, worsening health outcomes. In the latest episode of the Data Book podcast by Chief Healthcare Executive, C.K. Wang of COTA talks about issues facing LGBTQ+ patients in healthcare and how fostering patient trust can help advance health equity efforts and data collection for this population.
A recent study by Phreesia Life Sciences and Klick Health identify a stark gap in routine medical care in the LGBTQ+ community. Around 45% of LGBTQ+ patients interviewed at in-person clinic visits thought that pharma truly understands their needs and those of the community, a number that dropped to 30% in trans men and women. Over half of patients said that pharma’s outreach to the community was subpar outside of HIV and pre-exposure prophylactics (PrEP). 54% of patients didn’t know which cancer screenings to schedule, with 45% saying their doctor never brought up cancer screenings.