Representing Patient-Identified Sexual Orientation

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Please consider a separate…

Please consider a separate vocabulary term for asexual, a fairly common category.

Sexual Orienation

We think that the Applicable Value Set(s) and Starter Set(s) provide appropriate answer options to measure sexual orientation. Knowledge of this information is essential to providing affirming culturally competent health care to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.


Chris Grasso, MPH

Associate Vice President for Informatics and Data Services

Fenway Health

The answer list for the…

The answer list for the LOINC term listed below 
System Answer ID 1 Bisexual /snomed.info/sct ©: 42035005 Bisexual (finding)  LA22877-7 2 Heterosexual snomed.info/sct ©: 20430005 Heterosexual (finding)                        LA22876-9 
Homosexual //snomed.info/sct ©: 38628009 Homosexual (finding)                    LA22875-1 
Other LA46-8 5 Asked but unknown                                                                    LA20384-6 
Unknown ://snomed.info/sct ©: 261665006 Unknown (qualifier value) HL7     LA4489-6 

Not aware that there is as of yet a federal requirement to use any particular list, SNOMED CT or otherwise.