Wednesday, March 7, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
HHS highlights efforts to promote equality for GLBT Americans
A recent document from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) summarizes specific actions that HHS has taken to promote equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Americans, provide resources regarding GLBT health issues and develop better information about GLBT health needs. The document is a follow-up to GLBT listening sessions HHS officials held recently around the country.
The AMA has extensive policy on supporting equal health care and treatment of GLBT patients.
Family, friend support is key to minimizing suicide risk among GLBT youths
Support from family and friends often acts as an effective preventive factor against inflicting self-harm and suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) adolescents between the ages of 16 and 20, according to a recent study.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, evaluated risk factors associated with self harm and suicide among the population. Research showed that youths who felt victimized and didn't have a trusted support network were more likely to have suicidal thoughts and inflict harm.
The study emphasizes the importance of enhancing the availability of support groups for GLBT youths. In addition, it highlights society's responsibility to increase acceptance and reduce the negative stigma sometimes associated with being gay, bisexual or transgender.
The AMA offers substantial resources to help you meet the needs of your GLBT patient population, including a video that covers best practices in taking a proper sexual health history and a Grand Rounds presentation to share with your colleagues.