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Title: Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Sexual and Gender Minorities During the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Review of the Expanding Role of Digital Health Technologies
Authors: Whaibeh, Emile
Vogt, Emily L
Mahmoud, Hossam
Affiliations: Faculty of Health Sciences 
Keywords: Behavioral health
Digital health
Mental health
Sexual and gender minorities
Issue Date: 2022-09
Publisher: Springer
Part of: Current Psychiatry Reports
Volume: 24
Issue: 9
Start page: 387
End page: 397
Purpose of Review
To review the role of digital health technologies in behavioral health treatment and promotion for sexual and gender minorities (SGM).

Recent Findings
Digital technologies have advantages and limitations at multiple levels in addressing SGM’s behavioral health needs. For patients, digital technologies improve convenience and may reduce stigma; however, privacy concerns in the home may limit their utilization. Providers also benefit from the convenience of these technologies; however, not all providers are comfortable delivering virtual care to SGM. For society, digital technologies reduce transportation-related costs and increase access to healthcare in an increasingly hostile political climate for SGM; however, these advantages are limited by technological access and anti-SGM policies.

Digital technologies can improve the behavioral health of SGM at the patient, provider, and systemic levels. Further efforts are necessary to standardize provider training, improve SUD-specific care delivery, and increase quality and accessibility of these technologies.
ISSN: 15233812
DOI: 10.1007/s11920-022-01352-1
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Public Health

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