Monday, September 25, 2017

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Healthcare (Research, Video 4:13)

Most people will agree that their sex and sexuality are core components of their human experiences. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are no different in this regard. Unfortunately, they continue to be discriminated against in society based on these important components that reflect who they are as people. This discrimination exists in the healthcare system and negatively impacts the kinds of treatment they receive.

Scholarly research on the sex and sexuality of terminally ill lgbt people receiving palliative and hospice care, especially those from minority populations, is very limited. LGBT sexual expressions may change with advancing age and illness in ways that differ from more traditional concepts. While the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality has further advanced LGBT cultural views in society, much more research is needed to advance understanding of this population’s unique healthcare challenges.

All healthcare clinicians should focus on treating lgbt clients with patient-centered care that respects who they are and enhances their quality of life.
Produced by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicinethis video features the palliative care insights of Dr. Bruce Scott. He shares ways for healthcare professionals to improve their relationships with lgbt clients and positively impact care.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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