You’ve Built It…Now What? Applying Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data to Clinical Quality Improvement and Decision Support
Since 2016, health centers have been required to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data of adult patients 18 years and over and report the data to the Uniform Data System (UDS) annually. On a national level, SO/GI data are helping to provide a better understanding of the populations that health centers serve, such as how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are accessing health centers. Individual health centers can use SO/GI data to identify differences in health outcomes among LGBTQ subgroups, and to monitor whether clinical services are being provided equitably to LGBTQ patients. Like other vulnerable populations, LGBTQ people have unique health disparities that can be targeted through clinical quality improvement strategies. In this publication, we will walk you through three steps for effectively and efficiently using SO/GI data to reduce health disparities among your LGBTQ patients.