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Importance of Behavioral Health Integration for LGBT Patients

September 21, 2016
Author: Alex Keuroghlian

National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

Review of the value of behavioral health integration for LGBT patients and how advancing behavioral health integration in primary care settings can improve patient access, engagement, and both physical and behavioral health outcomes.

LGBT people have disproportionately high prevalence of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and suicide attempts compared with the general population. In addition, LGBT people often have unique combined physical and behavioral health needs, including those of transgender people undergoing gender affirmation and special considerations for people living with HIV AIDS. Integration of behavioral health and primary care is therefore of particular importance as a clinical best practice for LGBT people.

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