Discrimination Fears Deter LGBTQ+ Patients from Advance Care Planning

Posted August 11, 2022

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, of 200 sexual and gender minority adults, 57% indicated that they are afraid to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. As a result, it deters this community for preparing for their advanced care.

“These are really difficult conversations to have with anyone, but there’s been so much trauma in the LGBTQ+ community that providers need to have a real understanding about,” Arthur nurse and LGBTQ+ program manager at VNS told Hospice News. “It’s important for providers to understand that sexual orientation and gender identity are always relevant to the patient’s lives. You hear cultural competency as a sort of ‘buzz word,’ but it’s really about being able to develop a safe space for LGBTQ+ patients to be taken care of and share their wishes.”

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