Health Care Needs and Care Utilization Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations in New Jersey

Rubab I. Qureshi, Peijia Zha, Suzanne Kim, Patricia Hindin, Zoon Naqvi, Cheryl Holly, William Dubbs, Wendy Ritch

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore prevalent health issues, perceived barriers to seeking health care, and utilization of health care among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations in New Jersey. A cross-sectional online survey was administered to 438 self-identified LGBT people. Results identified health needs, which included management of chronic diseases, preventive care for risky behaviors, mental health issues, and issues related to interpersonal violence. Barriers to seeking health care included scarceness of health professionals competent in LGBT health, inadequate health insurance coverage and lack of personal finances, and widely dispersed LGBT inclusive practices making transportation difficult. There is a need for better preparation of health care professionals who care for LGBT patients, to strengthen social services to improve access and for better integration of medical and social services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - May 22 2017

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Keywords

  • Barriers to care
  • health care utilization
  • LGBT health
  • LGBT health care encounter
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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