Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
IOM to look at GLBT data collection in EHRs
A daylong workshop coordinated by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) aims to bring together diverse viewpoints on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records (EHRs).
Scheduled to take place Oct. 12, the workshop is a follow-up to the IOM's 2011 report, "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) People, Building a Foundation for Better Understanding," which recommended that data on sexual orientation and gender identity be collected in EHRs.
Speakers at the workshop will cover a variety of topics, including the clinical rationale behind this data collection, existing practices among health care providers with regard to data collection for EHRs, and the development of standardized questions that can be used to collect these data.
Psychiatrists want transgender issues included in residency training: report
One physician is working to change what the Transgender Committee of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists perceives to be a pervasive belief within the health profession that transgender people are ill or disordered, according to the health news publication HealthCanal. And he wants to start with psychiatry trainees.
Committee Chair Jack Pula, MD, believes the prevailing thinking can lead to transgender people being "doubly stigmatized even by the professionals who are supposed to help them," he tells HealthCanal."They often think transgender people can easily change in and out of their gender, and that it's more of a performance or cosmetic thing, as opposed to a core identity."
The committee's first step will be to create a network of psychiatrists and residents of all gender identities supportive of changing the curricula of training programs to include information on transgender issues, HealthCanal reports. Dr. Pula thinks most providers want to do the best thing for patients but often lack the information to broach the subject appropriately.
HealthCanal reports Dr. Pula is optimistic that, with the help of his network, training programs can adapt with the times. The AMA offers a video module that can help physicians meet the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.