Promoting Respectful and Inclusive Serious Illness Care for the LGBTQ+ Community: Practice, Research, and Policy Perspectives

This program presents clinical, educational, and policy perspectives in promoting inclusive and affirming care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community, with a focus on serious illness care.

LGBTQ+ individuals experience discrimination in health care. Providers and institutions may be uncomfortable with, and often don’t ask patients about, sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ+ patients fear being open about their identities, not receiving equal, competent or safe treatment, and having their family of choice and surrogates disrespected or ignored. Guiding principles for providing inclusive and affirming care, inclusive of minority stress, resiliency and robustness, lived experiences, and intersectionality are explored, emphasizing care to trans and gender diverse communities.

Speakers will present findings from their study of 290 seriously ill patients and partners on their experiences of discrimination with healthcare providers. Finally, we will walk participants through what LGBTQ+-inclusive hospice and palliative care looks like, using both personal and professional experiences as a springboard for discussion.

Target Audience

Hospice Medical Directors
HPM Physicians
Nurse Practitioners

Learning Outcomes

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the extent and type of disrespectful, inappropriate, and abusive practices faced by seriously ill LGBTQ+ individuals and their partners when receiving care.
  • Describe recommendations to address disparities in care, including staff training, institutional practice and policy remedies, and advocacy for changes in public policy.
  • Describe the multidimensional framework and best practices for providing inclusive and affirming healthcare to seriously ill persons who identify as LGBTQ+.

Please note: this webinar is a live event only. It will not be recorded and shared at a later date.

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Event Disclaimer
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and freedom of thought in a harassment-free educational event or experience.

All participants in any AAHPM sponsored event are asked to review and agree to this Code of Conduct.

AAHPM is committed to hosting successful educational events that foster inclusivity and mutual respect, and welcome the diversity of all participants. We aim to provide a safe environment for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, and any other status protected by laws during which this event is being held.

Gary Stein
Noelle Marie Javier
Cathy Berkmen

Linda Sterling, BBA
Leah Farfan, BA
Liz Watson, BA
Julie Tanner, BSN RN-BC CHPN
Theresa Nissen, BA
Laura Witt, MS-HSM
Julie Bruno, MSW LCSW

This live activity is a non-accredited learning resource. No CME or MOC is offered with this activity.


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