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Meeting the Needs of People Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in Palliative Care Settings

Higgins, Agnes PhD, MSc, RPN, RGN; Hynes, Geralyn PhD, MSc, RGN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: August 2019 - Volume 21 - Issue 4 - p 286–290
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000525
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The end-of-life needs of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) are in many ways identical to those of non-LGBTQ people; however, for a variety of reasons, they are at risk of receiving suboptimal care, irrespective of whether they are being cared for at home or in a nursing home, hospital, or hospice. Although research on the needs of LGBTQ people at the end of life is sparse, drawing on what is available this article explores some of their unique concerns that practitioners should consider during their interactions.

Agnes Higgins, PhD, MSc, RPN, RGN, is professor in Mental Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Geralyn Hynes, PhD, MSc, RGN, is associate professor in palliative care and director of research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Address correspondence to Agnes Higgins, PhD, MSc, RPN, RGN, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, D’Olier St, Dublin 2, Ireland (ahiggins@tcd.ie).

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Online date: March 6, 2019

© 2019 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.