Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders of Color Sampling Methodology: Strategies for Collecting Data in Small, Hidden, or Hard-to-Reach Groups To Reduce Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

This report is the result of a collaborative effort that began in the Fall of 2006 with a meeting sponsored by the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND), California’s Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the American Legacy Foundation.

The purpose of this meeting was to identify effective sampling methodologies and generate experience-based recommendations for conducting tobacco-related research on lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) of Color.

The report provides a brief overview of the problem of tobacco use among LGBTs and minority racial and ethnic groups, highlights the discussions and lessons learned from some of the most advanced researchers in this challenging field, and lists key research recommendations to help eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.