Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse and queer (LGBTQ) community members’ perspectives on palliative care in New South Wales (NSW), Australia
A Nick Robert’s paper. NSW Ministry of Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Nick J. Roberts MPH, MHM, BSc
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse people, and queer people (LGBTQ people) are at increased risk of some chronic diseases and cancers. NSW Health palliative care health policy prioritises equitable access to quality care, however, little is known about community members’ perspectives on palliative care. This study aimed to understand LGBTQ community views and preferences in palliative care in NSW. A community survey and follow-up interviews with LGBTQ people in NSW were conducted in mid-2020.
What is known about this topic?
- Barriers to palliative care exist for the broader population and particular communities.
- LGBTQ people are at increased risk of certain chronic diseases that may require palliative care towards the end of life.
- Little is known about LGBTQ community members’ opinions on palliative care in NSW, Australia.
What this paper adds?
- LGBTQ people in NSW who had experienced palliative care for themselves or someone close to them generally described respectful, inclusive interactions.
- Some community members expressed apprehension that wishes and preferences may not be met, often due to negative historical experiences
- The socio-ecological model of health is useful for exploring palliative care with LGBTQ people
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