Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Committee Member

Tish Smyer, Chair

Second Committee Member

Michele Clark

Third Committee Member

Carolyn Yucha

Graduate Faculty Representative

Leann Putney

Number of Pages



Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people constitute one of the largest underserved populations in any nursing setting. Despite the large LGBT populations, very little nursing research has been conducted on these populations. Nurse researchers have recommended that nursing researchers end the silence on LGBT research. To accomplish this, the methodological rigor of LGBT nursing research must be evaluated and improved upon. Currently, no literature examines the methodological quality of quantitative nursing LGBT research. Using a cross-sectional design, it was the purpose of this study to evaluate the methodological quality of quantitative nursing LGBT research from 2000 to 2010 using the Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument (MERSQI). The descriptive analyses were completed for the MERSQI scores, and MERSQI scores were also compared by funding category and country of origin. Only 188 research studies were identified and 40 met the inclusion and exclusion criteria in nursing literature from 2000-2010. The MERSQI scores had a mean of 9.4 + 1.5 and a range of 7.0 - 14.4. There was no significant difference in the MERSQI scores between studies with no funding, external funding, or internal funding. There was no significant difference in the MERSQI scores for those studies conducted inside or outside the U.S. The findings from this study can be utilized to improve the quality of future LGBT nursing research.


Gays; Health and environmental sciences; Homosexual; Homosexuality; Lesbians; LGBT health; MERSQI; Nursing – Research; Sexual minorities – Medical care; Sexual orientation; Social sciences


Community-Based Research | Immune System Diseases | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Nursing | Virus Diseases

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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