Providing inclusive care helps ensure that patients feel comfortable, respected, and heard throughout their healthcare journey. It involves listening carefully to patient needs, being educated about issues facing historically excluded populations, and offering relevant resources or advice that considers the patient’s identity and culture. Such care encourages people from all backgrounds and identities to seek the care they need and speak up when they have questions or concerns.
The IMD Health Patient Engagement Platform has many educational health resources focused on the LGBTQ+ patient population. These resources come from trusted organizations like Strong Minds Strong Kids, the Sex Information & Education Council of Canada, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and they cover topics such as safe sex, mental illness, and cancer in the LGBTQ+ community.