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The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population faces unique mental and physical health challenges. Perceived stigma and a lack of cultural competence from healthcare providers can be additional challenges among transgender individuals, a group that has been largely overlooked in health research. Transgender is a term for individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

The LGBT population faces physical health challenges that can relate to anything from gender dysphoria to stroke. Compared with heterosexual people, some members of the LGBT population are also at higher risk for HIV, cancer, and other diseases. LGBT individuals are also more likely to smoke, use illicit drugs, and drink alcohol excessively than heterosexuals.

PCORI’s mandate includes funding research that addresses healthcare disparities in underserved populations, a categorization that includes LGBT individuals. To date, PCORI has funded eight clinical comparative effectiveness research studies related to LGBT health, an investment of $26 million. (See box, PCORI's LGBT Health Focus.) While the studies address very different health concerns, they share goals of reducing disparities and improving health outcomes for the LGBT community.

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