The participating hospitals were evaluated on 5 key components which was patient nondiscrimination, hospital visitation, decision making, cultural-competency training and employment policies.
Here are some key findings from the survey:
* Ninety-eight percent of participating hospitals have a Patient's Bill of Rights and/or patient nondiscrimination policies that include sexual orientation. Sixty-six percent have policies that also include gender identity and/or expression.
* Sixty-eight percent have written policies that allow LGBT domestic partners the same access as spouses and next of kin. Sixty-eight percent have a written policy that allows same-sex parents the same rights and access as opposite-sex parents for visitation of their minor children.
* Sixty-four percent of hospitals have written policies that allow same-sex parents the same rights as opposite-sex parents when it comes to making medical decisions for their minor children, while 88 percent of participating hospitals recognize healthcare directives that grant domestic partners decision-making authority.
* Sixty-nine percent of the participating hospitals provide diversity or cultural-competency training to personnel to address issues related to GLBT patients and their families.
* Fifty-eight percent of hospitals bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. Eighty-four percent bar discrimination on the basis of orientation. Twenty-eight percent of the hospitals bar discrimination on the basis of orientation in states that don't have protection on the basis of sexual orientation. Seventeen percent of the hospitals bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity in states that don't have protection on the basis of gender identity. Diversity Inc.
See the List of Participating Hospitals.
*The survey was sent to all hospitals with 300 beds or more.