Addressing Health Disparities via Coordination of Care and Interprofessional Education: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health and Oral Health Care

Stefanie Russell, Frederick More

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Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons are a diverse group, but they share a common need for competent, accessible health care, dispensed without intolerance and with an understanding of their unique health needs. Dental practitioners need to understanding that LGBT persons have distinctive health (and oral health) needs. This article reviews the literature on oral and overall health of LGBT persons in the United States, and discusses ways in which dentists can improve the health care they provide to this vulnerable population, including how interprofessional education and collaborative practice may help to reduce oral health disparities within this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-906
Number of pages16
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Sexual Minorities
Vulnerable Populations
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Keywords

  • Gender identity
  • Health care disparities
  • Health status disparities
  • Homosexuality
  • Interprofessional relations
  • Oral health
  • Sexual behavior
  • Transgender persons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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