The LGBT community all over the world continues to face various challenges. One aspect of that hasn’t been explored in depth is the issue of health needs and concerns of this community. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco aim to change this.
In an innovative move, they’ve decided to use iPhones (Researchkit) to conduct the biggest study of LGBT health.
The research is welcome, as comprehensive medical research into the LGBT community’s needs
Called “The PRIDE study,” it stands for Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality. The study is unique because it’s the first of its kind to better understand the health of LGBT adults in the United States and the world.
How will it work?
The App will survey LGBT men and women about health issues like smoking, HIV/AIDS, obesity, cancer and mental illnesses.
According to the University of California’s website:
“It’s a long study that uses an iPhone App to connect with and track sexual and gender minority adults over time to understand factors related to health and disease in this population.”
LGBT community members can register for the PRIDE Study using the App or via the internet on PrideStudy.org.
Made possible by Apple’s new ResearchKit software, the study is a refreshing take on the lives of the LGBT community. It seeks to give LGBT community members the opportunity to be part of ground-breaking research, which will hopefully provide better insight into health trends and concerns within this community. By using Apple technology to conduct the research, UCSF hopes to draw a large number of participants in the study.
UCSF researchers hope to tap into the iPhone’s larger user base to gain new insights into health issues faced by transgender and bisexual individuals.