Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) data in electronic health records (EHRs) is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBT individuals. SO/GI data collection has been recommended by both the Institute of Medicine and the Joint Commission as a way to learn about which populations are being served, and to measure quality of care provided to LGBT people. Gathering this data is therefore an important part of identifying and addressing LGBT health disparities in health centers and other health care organizations.

This resource provides a list of recommended questions for collecting SO/GI data in health care settings. The questions are based on research conducted by the Center for Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California at San Francisco.

Population of focus: Health care professionals

Link to resource: Full report (pdf)

Date: 2015

Organization: National LGBT Health Education Center, Fenway Institute