Year Published: 2020

Time to Complete: 50 min

Instructor: Tania D. Strout, PhD, RN, MS

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations

Who comprises the sexual and gender minority (SGM) population, and what should I consider when conducting research with them? What best practices can support the informed consent process in research with SGM populations?

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) is an umbrella term that encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations as well as those whose sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or reproductive development varies from traditional, societal, cultural, or physiologic norms. Research with SGM populations is lacking, but is desperately needed to help understand and improve their health and wellbeing. In this module, you will learn about some of the unique concerns to consider when planning and conducting research with SGM populations. Led by clinical researchers, research educators, and regulatory experts, this module will consist of didactic lectures for investigators and their study teams including research fellows and residents, coordinators, nurses, data managers, biostatisticians, regulatory personnel, and IRB members.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the term sexual and gender minority.
  • Describe the importance of research with SGM populations.
  • Describe at least three important ethical considerations for research with SGM populations.
  • Describe at least three best practice strategies for enhancing the informed consent process with SGM populations.
  • Recognize best practice in documenting the informed consent process.
 This Course is Free