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Improving culturally safe engagement with sexual and gender minority populations

Cultural safety seeks to remediate health inequities through empowering marginalized and minoritized patient populations, minimizing implicit bias and incorporating social determinants of health into practice. Here, we propose a cultural safety framework to guide communication with patients from sexual and gender minorities.

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Nikzad, N., Duong, N. & Paul, S. Improving culturally safe engagement with sexual and gender minority populations. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 21, 372–373 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41575-024-00927-y

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