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There are an estimated 11 million individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in the United States (Rosendale et al., 2019). With this number steadily increasing, it is important that occupational therapists continue to become culturally competent and educated on different strategies to transform the way individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are given and receive treatment. The problem is that there is a gap in the literature supporting occupational therapist cultural competence to integrate occupational roles of the LGBTQ+ population into their evaluation and intervention. Without culturally competent educational opportunities, the health care system is inadequately prepared to provide responsive health care (Singer, 2015).

The purpose of this quantitative research type capstone project will be to analyze the evaluation and intervention strategies occupational therapists can use to better serve the LGBTQ+ population. This paper supports the beneficial role occupational therapy has in addressing the needs of the LGBTQ+ population. The author believes that occupational therapists have the expertise and competence to improve OT services in the LGBTQ+ population and play a big role in the quality of life of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

Publication Date

Fall 12-10-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Sexual and Gender Minorities, Cultural Competency, Culturally Competent Care, Occupational Therapy


Gender and Sexuality | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, December 9-10, 2021.

Exploration of Occupational Therapy’s Role Within the LGBTQ+ Population