LGTBQ Patients – Provider Resources
Provider information on managing pain in patients who are LGTBQ.
Please note: It is important to ensure that patients in the LGBTQ community feel accepted in the health care setting. Stigma and perceptions of discrimination can be debilitating for patients. Speaking in a non-judgmental way and creating an open communication between your patient and yourself is crucial to their overall health and well-being. Use the patient’s correct pronouns to build rapport and establish a trusting provider/patient relationship; If unsure, ask patients about their correct pronouns.
For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.
Pain Management and SUDs in LGTBQ Populations
- Access this site to find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV/AIDS, mental health, sexual health and much more.
- Understand key definitions when working with LGBTQ communities, needs and concerns for older LGBTQ adults, healthcare disparities, mental health issues, disparities specific to elderly transgender individuals and end-of-life issues.
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