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Websites help provide GLBT culturally competent care.

As nurses, we need to understand and provide care that is sensitive to patients' diverse backgrounds. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals have special health concerns. The following sites offer resources for providing culturally competent care.

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide users with credible, reliable information on GLBT health at www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/index.htm.

* The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (www.glma.org) works to ensure equality in health care for GLBT patients and healthcare providers.

* The Lesbian Health and Research Center (www.lesbianhealthinfo.org/index.html) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender individuals through research, education, training, and public service.

* MedlinePlus, produced by the National Library of Medicine, offers reliable, upto-date information on gay, lesbian, and transgender health at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/gaylesbianandtransgenderhealth.html.

* The National LGBT Cancer Network (www.cancer-network.org) works to improve the lives of GLBT cancer survivors and those at risk through education, training and advocacy.

* The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health issued a collective set (www.omhrc.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=15) of culturally and linguistically appropriate services mandates, guidelines, and recommendations to guide practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate health services.

* Think Cultural Health (www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov), sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, offers the latest resources and tools to promote cultural competency in health care.

* The Transcultural Nursing Society (www.tcns.org) provides nurses and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration.

[By Deborah Braccia, RN, DNSc, MPA, OCN[R], ONS Website Advisory Panel Member]
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Author:Braccia, Deborah
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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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