Providing Palliative Care to LGBTQ Patients

Nina Barrett, Dorothy Wholihan

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Abstract

Nurses should be familiar with and equipped to address the challenges that arise when caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer-identified (LGBTQ) patients. LGBTQ individuals have increased rates of certain physical diseases and are at greater risk of suffering from stress-sensitive mental health issues. Negative social attitudes, widespread discrimination and stigma, physical and psychological victimization, and less social support with aging contribute to the complexity of care for these individuals. Open communication, welcoming and accepting attitudes and environments, and sensitivity to unique multidimensional issues improve care to LGBTQ patients with serious advanced illness. Nursing can reach this vulnerable minority and positively impact the quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-511
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • End-of-life
  • LGBTQ
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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