Health Disparities among Sexual Minorities: Trends of Health Care and Prevalence of Disease in LGB Individuals

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The primary focus of the current study was to identify health disparities between sexual minority subgroups by examining differences of health indicators in lesbians, gay men, and bisexual individuals, and compare these to their heterosexual counterparts. Data was drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and variables examined in sexual minorities were related to health care access and utilization, risky health behaviors, and overall disease prevalence and outcomes. Findings suggest there are still some current health disparities in terms of insurance coverage, access to medical care, substance use, and prevalence of certain health conditions. However, a trend ... continued below

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Villarreal, Cesar August 2018.

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The primary focus of the current study was to identify health disparities between sexual minority subgroups by examining differences of health indicators in lesbians, gay men, and bisexual individuals, and compare these to their heterosexual counterparts. Data was drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and variables examined in sexual minorities were related to health care access and utilization, risky health behaviors, and overall disease prevalence and outcomes. Findings suggest there are still some current health disparities in terms of insurance coverage, access to medical care, substance use, and prevalence of certain health conditions. However, a trend analysis conducted to examine three NHANES panels, suggests a mild improvement in some of these areas. Further findings, discussion, limitations of the study, current implications, and future directions are addressed.

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Villarreal, Cesar. Health Disparities among Sexual Minorities: Trends of Health Care and Prevalence of Disease in LGB Individuals, dissertation, August 2018; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1248527/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .