At MultiCare, ensuring health equity for all our patients is a key part of fulfilling our mission of Partnering for Healing and a Healthy Future.
Health equity means that all people have the opportunity to receive high quality, compassionate care based on their needs, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other factors.
Like many other groups, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community often experience poor health outcomes and discrimination in health care settings.
In Washington, the LGBTQ community makes up 5.2 percent of the population — or around 305,000 people. One way in which we can provide this community with better care is to include information in each patient’s record about their sexual orientation, gender identity and pronouns (SOGI-P).
SOGI-P data collection has been designated a best practice for improving care for the LGBTQ community, and offers a number of benefits:
It helps providers give all patients the care that’s right for them
It ensures that all patients are addressed in a way that makes them most comfortable
It allows our health care system to better understand health care issues and disparities experienced by LGBTQ patients.
All MultiCare locations that interact directly with patients now ask the following questions of all patients at check in:
Please be assured that all patients will be asked these questions with the sole intention of documenting this information in our records so that we may provide all our patients with the appropriate care they need and the respect they deserve. The information will be stored securely in your patient record.
MultiCare does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.
If you have additional questions about this new policy or other questions about MultiCare’s work to promote health equity and/or support patients who are part of the LGBTQ community, please contact: