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Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Data Integrity and Quality Improvement

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Year Developed: n.a.

Resource Type: Archived Webinar

Primary Audience: Clinicians

Language: English

Developed by: The National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: Collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in electronic health records is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBT individuals. This brief discusses the importance of gathering this data to help identify and address LGBT health disparities in health centers and other health care organizations.

Resource Details: This brief has been updated to reflect the latest HRSA UDS requirements. It provides recommended questions for asking patients their sexual orientation and gender identity in electronic health records, as well as information about training staff to collect data systematically. Providers who are informed of their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity, and are trained to care for LGBT patients, are better able to provide care that is relevant, specific, and compassionate.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.