Assessing UCSF Health Trainees' Preparedness to Address LGBTQIA+ Health
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Objectives: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations face health disparities linked to discrimination and social stigma that can limit access to healthcare. This project expands a 2018 study at UPenn investigating healthcare trainees’ preparedness to treat LGBTQ patients which found that dental students at University of Pennsylvania were signifcantly less interested in receiving formal LGBTQ health education than their peers in medicine. Our survey aims to assess UCSF predoctoral health professions students’ comfort level, attitudes, and preparedness to care for LGBTQIA+ patients in order to investigate how well UCSF is preparing its students to address this community’s health needs.
Methods: Survey questions were adapted from the Greene et al. (2018) study to arrive at a seventeen-item questionnaire. We expanded the scope of the original study from dental, medical, and nursing students to also include students in UCSF pharmacy and physical therapy programs. The new Qualtrics survey was sent to students via UCSF Listservs. Basic demographic information was collected but the survey was otherwise anonymous. 218 responses were compared across program and gender/sexual minority status.
Results:Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy students rated their program’s culture as significantly less welcoming toward members of the LGBTQIA+ community than Medicine and Physical Therapy students (p
Conclusion: Health trainees at UCSF have expressed interest in learning more about LGBTQIA+ health issues, and school curricula should reflect this demand by integrating additional courses/lectures on the topic to increase student readiness and improve patient outcomes.
LGBTQ+, health education, dentistry, patient care
Morgan, B.; Essex, G.; and Le, M., "Assessing UCSF Health Trainees' Preparedness to Address LGBTQIA+ Health" (2020). Sex and Gender Health Education Summit 2020 – Virtual Meeting. 15.