Several news sources recently revealed that the Apple’s app store will present PRIDE having a large number of downloadable health survey questions in order to carry out massive research on LGBT community. The research will be based on the software named ResearchKit. Research Kit will connect with PRIDE and collect the data on various health concerns for LGBT community. It is pertinent to mention here that ResearchKit has been used for gathering the data from various studies regarding various diseases.
The new iPhone application will now help the researchers to shed some light on the unique health issues faced by the LGT community.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, based on the iPhoneResearchKit have developed a version that will survey a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people about health matters such as cancer, obesity, depression, HIV/AIDS, and mental issues.
The information collected by the application from web users will help the researchers in the creation of largest database yet put together for physical, mental and social issues faced by gay, transgender men and women.
This is a part of the PRIDE study. PRIDE stands for Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality.
People who want to involve in the study can install the application, which is available for free download at the Apple App store or at the pride website. The website and the application are now available for registration.
“Ideally we would like to get tens of thousands of participants and follow people for decades, something like 30 years. The goal is to figure out how being a sexual or gender minority influences physical or mental health,” said Dr. Mitchell Lunn, UCSF nephrologists and the co-director of the PRIDE study.
The research pointed out that health information on the LGBT community is lacking, leaving the community understudies and underserved in health care setting.
The study will be conducted in two parts, beginning with a community listening phase to gather and analyze census and demographic data to comprehend the LGBT community’s health issues and priorities.
Researchers explained that this will be followed by the traditional longitudinal cohort study to frame and answer prioritized questions, a phase that should begin six to nine months from now.
Previous studies suggested that the LGBT community is more prone to anxiety and depression than the general population and is greater risk of suicide.
According to researchers, some behaviors like smoking also appear to be more prevalent but little is known about such issues across the LGBT population.
UCSF research fellow Juno Obedin-Maliver said, “There’s a real lack of evidence-based information on community health. The current landscape for LGBTQ health is less of a map and more of a signpost in the desert. We aim to create that map.”