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Wissam Ghusn, MD

Wissam Ghusn, MD
Poster D0403 – Social Determinants of Health in LGBTQIA+ Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET | Location: Crown Ballroom

Author Insight from Wissam Ghusn, MD, Mayo Clinic

What’s new here and important for clinicians?
Our data show that patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who identify as LGBTQ+ are at increased risk in several aspects of social determinants of health that can ultimately impact the outcome of their IBD. We believe that efforts should focus on better understanding healthcare disparities in the LGBTQ+ community in order to improve their care and address their needs. Clinicians should be mindful to address patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity, when appropriate, during the clinic visit and address how it impacts their IBD.

What do patients need to know?
Patients who identify as LGBTQ+ have the right to equal access to healthcare without stigma or discrimination. Any type of discrimination should not be tolerated, and everyone in the medical field can play a role in addressing and minimizing health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community. We recognize that the impact of having a chronic condition, like IBD, and dealing with one’s sexual orientation and gender identity can have long term effects on an individual’s disease outcomes, wellbeing, and mental health. Our goal is to achieve healthcare equality for all individuals.

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Author Contact
Wissam Ghusn, MD & Victor Chedid, MD, MS, Mayo Clinic
Ghusn.wissam [at] mayo.edu

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