In the summer of 2017, NJHA surveyed its member hospitals to gauge the extent to which hospitals collect, store and update SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) data. There are currently no set guidelines for asking SOGI questions of patients, and NJHA hopes to assist hospitals in improving their communication with LGBT patients and data collection about the population.
Even though the response rate was small, NJHA was able to draw some conclusions from the results. First, there are a small percentage of hospitals asking SOGI questions of their patients, and an even smaller percentage are asking the questions correctly. In addition, few N.J. hospitals train their staff on what SOGI data is and why it is important.
NJHA realizes there is still work to be done with member hospitals to encourage them to be comfortable asking these questions and ensuring all staff are appropriately trained to collect and understand SOGI data; however, NJHA believes that New Jersey can become a national leader in providing care to the LGBT community with education, a top-down approach, and dedication from all staff.
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