NIHR BioResource are working to increase diversity, equality, and inclusion in health research, and by consequence, address health inequalities and improve health outcomes for communities across the UK currently under-served by health research. The LGBTQ+ community has been identified as one of the communities under-served and under-represented in health research.
Considering this, this partnership was aimed at engaging members of the LGBTQ+ community to better understand their concerns and barriers regarding participation in health research. Egality facilitated an insightful focus group discussion with representatives from 5 community organisations working for the LGBTQ+ community in the UK. These insights were integrated to form a set of ‘Principles of Engagement’ for the BioResource.
Through these principles, the BioResource acknowledges the historical injustices towards the LGBTQ+ community and commits to improving their ways of working with the community focusing on making people feel included, safe, and respected. By adopting these principles and ways of working, the BioResource aims to encourage members of the community to participate in health research.
- Insights from 5 community organisations working specifically with the LGBTQ+ community in the UK
- Enhanced understanding of barriers and concerns about participation in health research for the community
- A co-designed set of ‘Principles of Engagement’ with actionable ways of embedding the commitments in everyday behaviour