Calif. Researchers To Develop Database on LGBT Health Issues

June 25, 2015 in News

The University of California-San Francisco will start collecting data from iPhone and Internet users to develop the largest database on health care-related issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Details of Project

Data aggregated for the project — called the Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality, or PRIDE, study — will be used to:

  • Identify physical, mental and social issues affecting the LGBT community; and
  • Create strategies to address such issues.

The project will start with a six- to nine-month period when participants can suggest research topics and best practices for collecting health data from LGBT individuals.

Mitchell Lunn, co-director of the study, said very little health information on the LGBT community is currently available.

Researchers expect that most participants will download a mobile application, developed through Apple’s ResearchKit, to take part in the study. Meanwhile, individuals also can participate via the study’s website.

Participants will have to agree to share their health and demographic data.

Registration for the app and website opened Thursday morning (Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 6/25).

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