Discrepancies in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patient Care and How Pharmacists Can Support an Evolved Practice

Erin Maxwell; Stephanie Salch; Monique Boliko; Genevieve Anakwe-Charles


Am J Pharm Educ. 2017;81(7):6181 

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Providing optimal care for LGBT patients goes beyond clinical competence and encompasses an awareness and appreciation for cultural differences that characterize the LGBT community. We hope that student pharmacists will be able to start building this foundation for lifelong competency through the structure of their curricula. To do this, we must understand the antecedents of heterosexism, discrimination, and stigma this population must navigate on a daily basis and make a conscious effort to be engaged in the development of culturally sensitive education. Broadening perceptions and nurturing a well-rounded education through formal and informal instruction can help to cultivate a thoughtful, and inclusive, new generation of student pharmacists. We can, we should, and we will do more for this dynamic population.