Proceedings of a workshop on challenging workplace bullying and homophobia in the NHS. Perhaps the most egregious example of homophobia within the medical literature is a editorial in the Southern Medical Journal. What can we say about the nature of homophobia in Britain, and how can we work towards its eradication? This study was approved by the University of California, Los Angeles, institutional review board in May Statistical Analyses We performed descriptive and unadjusted analyses with the Fisher exact test.
There exist both need and interest for US academic faculty practices to develop procedures, policies, and programs that improve access to LGBT-competent physicians and to train physicians to become LGBT-competent.
Wellbeing of gay, lesbian, and bisexual doctors
We urge the General Medical Council and deans of medical schools to work with those responsible for curricular development to provide effective learning opportunities to help students face up to their own homophobia and challenge and eradicate it. In multivariate regression analyses, we made adjustments for the following institutional variables: One in 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals have avoided using public services for fear of homophobia, and one in five health care professionals have admitted to being homophobic. As well as gay people having poorer experience with the health service, the study — published in the Journal of General Medicine — found they were more likely to report poor health than their heterosexual counterparts. Fortunately, there is some evidence that these negative attitudes are changing. These results were corroborated by a survey of lesbian doctors reporting harassment for their sexual orientation:
The study investigator obtained verbal consent before initiation of the audio-recorded phone interview. Eight of these lists are available online for public access and 2 are circulating internal documents. The telephone interviews were conducted by J. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals experience significant barriers to receiving equitable health care. If the identified CMO did not respond after 3 attempts, the dean of the medical school was contacted similarly up to 3 times via phone or e-mail with an invitation to participate in the study.