As mentioned earlier in this series of articles for LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) is Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM). This term is nested under Health Disparity, Minority and Vulnerable Populations, and below SGM are Intersex Persons and Transgender Persons.
The scope note for SGM reads:
Individuals including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, gender non-conforming people, and other populations whose sexual orientation or GENDER IDENTITY and reproductive development is considered outside cultural, societal, or physiological norms.
Year introduced: 2018
Note that gender identity is also a MeSH term, indicated by all caps in the note. Here are some other resources and terms to use when researching LGBTQ+ health.
MedlinePlus Population Groups
The quickest way to find information in MedlinePlus is to use the search box and enter the term LGBTQ+ health or LGBTQ+. The inclusion of q will help pull up the MedlinePlus page dedicated to LGBTQ+ health along with other vetted sources.
A great tool in MedlinePlus is the link to Journal Articles on each topic page. For LGBTQ+ the preformulated search is as follows:
“Transgender Persons”[majr:noexp] OR “Sexual and Gender Minorities”[majr:noexp] OR “Homosexuality”[majr:noexp] OR “Health Services for Transgender Persons”[majr:noexp] OR “Bisexuality”[majr:noexp] AND humans[mh] AND english[la] AND “last 1 Year” [edat] AND (patient education handout[pt] OR guideline[pt] OR clinical trial[pt]) NOT (letter[pt] OR case reports[pt] OR editorial[pt] OR comment[pt]) AND free full text[sb]
This string can be edited and pasted into the search box depending upon your needs.
Youth.gov: Key Terms and Concepts
Youth.gov covers some of the key concepts and terms related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Also included is a page on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
LGBTQIA+ Glossary of Terms for Health Care Teams
This publication from the LGBTQIA Health Education center can be downloaded. Although not limited to search terms, the glossary provides terms relevant to the health care and identities of LGBTQ+ people.
SAMHSA Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit . Although not strictly terms for research, SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), this document provides Helpful Terms for Prevention Specialists and Healthcare Providers, section A-1. See also: SAMHSA Programs and Initiatives.
Many college and university libraries provide guides with recommended search strategies. What other resources and keywords do you use when searching for SGM health information?