Mental Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Frontline Health Care Workers During the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hailey Wojcik, Aaron S. Breslow, Marla R. Fisher, Caryn R.R. Rodgers, Patryk Kubiszewski, Vilma Gabbay

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Abstract

Purpose: This study measured mental health disparities in a Bronx, New York sample of frontline health care workers collected May-July, 2020, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Using survey data (N = 741), we compared demographics, COVID-19 stressors, and adverse mental health outcomes between sexual and gender minority (SGM, n = 102) and non-SGM (n = 639) health care workers through chi-square/Kruskal-Wallis tests, crude/adjusted odds, and prevalence ratios. Results: SGM frontline health care workers had significantly higher depression, anxiety, impact of COVID-19, and psychological distress. Income (lower), age (younger), and COVID-19 stressors accelerated differences. Conclusion: Health care systems should support SGM frontline health care workers through affirming trauma-informed programming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-367
Number of pages9
JournalLGBT Health
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • gender identity
  • health disparities
  • mental health
  • sexual orientation

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