Primary Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Primary Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

This article addresses how physicians can improve care for their lesbian and bisexual clients.

Author: Sally A. Mravcak M.D. Source: American Academy of Family Physicians Journal: American Family Physician Journal Details: Vol: 74 Issue: 2, pages 279 - 286 Origin Country: United States Publish Date: 2006-07-16 Publication City: Leawood, KS Languages: .Resource Type: , .Resource Topics: , .Target Audiences: . Last Modified: 2017-11-23

This article addresses how physicians can improve care for their lesbian and bisexual clients.

Physicians can improve care for lesbians and bisexual women by acknowledging the potential barriers to care (e.g., hesitancy of physicians to inquire about sexual orientation and of patients to disclose their sexual behavior) and working to create a therapeutic physician-patient relationship. Taking an inclusive and nonjudgmental history and being aware of the range of health-related behaviors and medico-legal issues pertinent to these patients enables physicians to perform relevant screening tests and make appropriate referrals.