LGB adults more likely to report impaired physical & mental health, substance use, due to discrimination stressors

JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 27, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3432

New national data suggest lesbian, gay and bisexual adults were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health and heavy drinking and smoking, which may be the result of stressors they experience because of discrimination, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study objective was to compare health and health risk factors between LGB adults and heterosexual adults in the United States.

This study supports prior research finding substantial health disparities for LGB adults in the United States, potentially due to the stressors that LGB people experience as a result of interpersonal and structural discrimination. In screening for health issues, clinicians should be sensitive to the needs of sexual minority patients.

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