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The American Osteopathic Association Urges Physicians to Improve the Quality of Care for LGBT Patients and End Fear of Health Care Discrimination

As LGBT Pride Month approaches, the AOA encourages its 110,000 osteopathic medical students and physicians to actively partner with LGBT patients to improve the quality of care for the community, which continues to report discrimination as a barrier to health care services.

Draion Burch, DO, an AOA spokesperson on LGBT issues, reports that despite increases in coverage due to the Affordable Care Act, some LGBT patients avoid physicians because they fear judgement. Many LGBT patients are reluctant to talk about personal lives and don’t disclose their sexual preference or gender identity to their physician, he added, so establishing trust with LGBT patients is critical to providing quality care.

Read the full news release to learn about health concerns in the LGBT community.


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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.