Table 4

Patient vs provider perspectives concerning risks of collecting SO and GI information

Patient perspectives
Representative quotations
Provider perspectives
Representative quotations
‘‘Yeah, and so it’s always that question, what do you need it for? Why are you asking me? I don’t trust this, you know, type of situation. The first thing that pops into your head is, are they judging me?’’
-Bisexual cisgender woman
I: ‘‘Any risks with providing sexual orientation to a provider?" P: “Other than the fact that they may be homophobic or not want to treat you anymore, no. I mean, those are big risks, but I mean really if they’re not homophobic and they take their oath and they say that they’re going to treat you no matter what then there’s really no risk to it’’.
-Lesbian cisgender woman
‘‘I don’t know if you know how our workflow is, but I don’t think you’re going to get the most honest results up front as you would if it was in a more private area’’.
-ED nurse
‘‘I could see that (disclosing SO/GI) being just a horrible event. And…if I were that patient I might feel discriminated against too…I think the risk is… if not asked properly and in a way that is respectful to the patient…the patient may also choose to not share other pertinent information".
-ED physician
  • GI, gender identity; I, interviewer; P, patient respondent; SO, sexual orientation.