LGBT Health Research Falls Far Short
Little Known About Health Needs in U.S. for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
In addition, the IOM panel encourages researchers to make better efforts to include LGBT volunteers in future clinical studies.
"We urge HHS [Health and Human Services Department] to use this report as a roadmap to fill the gaps in knowledge relating to the health status of LGBT people and commit to collecting important and lifesaving data on sexual orientation and gender identity in future health surveys," Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, says in a news release.
"This report is an important step in identifying research gaps and opportunities as part of an overall effort to understand and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We look forward to continuing our work to address these needs and reduce LGBT health disparities," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says in a news release.