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LGBT Health. 2018 Jan;5(1):86-90. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2016.0210. Epub 2017 Nov 3.

Military Healthcare Providers' Knowledge and Comfort Regarding the Medical Care of Active Duty Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Patients.

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1 Family Medicine Residency Program, Department of Family Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center , Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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2 Present affiliation: Family Medicine Residency Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center , Fort Hood, Texas.
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3 Present affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Novant Health Family Medicine Residency , Charlotte, North Carolina.
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4 Present affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center , Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study assessed military healthcare providers' knowledge, clinical practice, and comfort in caring for active duty (AD) lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) patients.

METHODS:

Primary care providers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina were surveyed anonymously.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 28% (nā€‰=ā€‰40). Almost two-thirds of the respondents felt comfortable discussing sexual health with AD patients, but only 5% inquired about same-sex sexual activity. Slightly less than one-third reported prior training in LGB healthcare topics and nearly four-fifths desired clear guidance from the Department of Defense regarding the process for screening and documentation of AD same-sex sexual activity.

CONCLUSION:

The findings highlight providers' need and desire for training in LGB patient care.

KEYWORDS:

attitudes; bisexual; gay; lesbian; military; provider

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