CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Most LGBT Iowa residents are not out to their health care providers according to a new survey and more than a quarter have had to teach their providers about certain aspects of LGBT health issues, according to a new survey reported on by The Gazette.
Researchers say this was the first study of its kind in the state. The University of Iowa College of Public Health partnered with the Iowa Cancer Consortium, statewide LGBT advocacy organization One Iowa and Des Moines University to produce the LGBT Health in Iowa report, a survey of 567 LGBT Iowans on their health care and health care access.
Respondents were mostly white and cisgender. Twenty-four percent of respondents were transgender or genderqueer. More than half the respondents identified as gay or lesbian.
Among its findings, the survey showed that:
• 59 percent were not open as LGBT with their health care provider.
• 27 percent of respondents felt they had to teach a provider about LGBT people to get appropriate care.
The survey touches on a major concern among advocacy groups and those within the LGBT community: that the disparities within the health care system allow some LGBT individuals, particularly transgender men and women, to fall through the cracks.
In fact, the report stated these individuals “were repeatedly at higher risk of poor health outcomes” based on the survey results.
The full report is online.