As the United States healthcare system continues to evolve and more Americans receive health insurance coverage, trends in diseases and care delivery to meet these trends are expected to shift. As this evolution takes place the ability to track trends to address the anticipated needs will need to develop at a faster pace. One such area is how healthcare providers engage the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community and how these interactions can improve care, perceived healthcare quality, and address health disparities. Currently most electronic health record (EHR) programs do not have the ability to track the sexual orientation or gender identification (SOGI) of its patients. This creates a potential barrier when using patient data to address perceived health disparities in an underserved population. The University of New Mexico Hospitals are building a SOGI platform into their EHR but leaving the choice to ask patients SOGI questions up to the individual nurse or healthcare providers; those identified as doctors, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants. The aim of this study is to assess perceived barriers facing nurses and inpatient providers and to identify if there is a difference between the groups willingness to collect and enter this data into the EHR.



Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Level of Degree


First Committee Member

Geoff Shuster

Second Committee Member

Penny Beattie


LGBT healthcare, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identification, SOGI, Electronic Health Record, EHR

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Nursing Commons