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    LGBT Health Research Falls Far Short

    Little Known About Health Needs in U.S. for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People


    The panel also advises the National Institutes of Health to study:

    • The demographics of LGBT subpopulations
    • Social influences on the lives of LGBTs
    • Barriers to health care for LGBTs
    • The best health interventions for LGBTs
    • The specific health needs of LGBTs

    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.

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