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REVISED MDS LGBT Identity Questions

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear NAQC Members,

We are pleased to announce revised LGBT identity intake questions for the MDS. NAQC recommends that quitlines interested in asking about LGBT identity incorporate these OPTIONAL MDS intake questions beginning July 1, 2017.
NAQC’s MDS question on LGBT identity was first developed in 2006, when five states sought a standard intake question regarding LGBT identity due to significantly higher tobacco use rates among the LGBT community compared to the overall adult population. An OPTIONAL intake question was developed and added to the MDS. In 2009, the question on LGBT identity was revised and scripting was added based on research from the LGBT Network.

In 2014, HealthLink and National Jewish Health (NJH) approached NAQC seeking to test a new measure on LGBT identity. After gaining NAQC member feedback, HealthLink and NJH partnered to pilot test a new LGBT identity measure with 14 state quitlines. The pilot study was completed in 2015, and the data were presented to NAQC members during a webinar on April 6, 2016.
NAQC reviewed the pilot data, member feedback on the pilot data, and sought additional feedback from the Advisory Council in making a final decision. To view the full report on the revised MDS LGBT identity measure, please click here.
If you have any questions or concerns about the revised LGBT identity measure, please contact me at

Maria Rudie, MPH
Research Manager
North American Quitline Consortium                                                   
Phoenix, AZ                                                                                      
Ph: 800.398.5489 ext. 704                                        
Fax: 800.398.5489                                           

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