Healthgrades, in collaboration with OutCare Health, has announced the launch of its new LGBTQ+ Affirming Care Designation on its website – identifying healthcare professionals committed to providing treatment and affirming health services to LGBTQ+ communities.
Developed as part of Healthgrades’ continued partnership with OutCare Health – the nation’s most comprehensive resource for LGBTQ+ health equity – this designation will allow LGBTQ+ consumers to use healthgrades.com to easily find one of over 3,500 doctors and providers identified on OutCare’s OutList as affirming in their care for LGBTQ+ patients.
More than 20 million people in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ+, yet a new study conducted by Healthgrades and OutCare Health uncovered that medical gaslighting disproportionately impacts LGBTQ+ patients, with 47% of respondents indicating they experienced medical gaslighting in the last 2 years, compared to 26% of cisgender, heterosexual respondents. Similarly, trust in the US healthcare system is far lower among LGBTQ+ communities (17%) compared to cisgender, heterosexual communities (33%). To help LGBTQ+ people in their search for care, Healthgrades is integrating the OutCare Outlist, the largest international directory that recognizes LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare professionals, within the site.