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Confronting Health Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
Date:8/19/2009

w their patients' sexuality in part because clinicians are not creating opportunities for teens to disclose it.

"Clinicians and researchers can be a prominent and leading group in the effort to improve health and well-being for LGBT youth," adds lead author Tumaini R. Coker, M.D., MBA, physician at Mattel Children's Hospital at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). "We can start by eliminating the silence on adolescent sexual orientation and gender identity that is too often present in medical and nursing education, large health studies, and adolescent patient encounters."

In particular, Schuster, Coker, and Bryn Austin, ScD, of the division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Children's, recommend that sexual orientation and gender identity measures be standardized and routinely included in relevant national, state, and local health and research surveys that cover adolescents to increase our understanding of the needs of LGBT youth. They also recommend that clinicians receive training through simulated patient experiences on how to appropriately provide comprehensive and sensitive care, and seek out educational resources to help improve the quality of care they provide to LGBT teens.

Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 12 members of the Institute of Medicine and 12 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to t
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