Person-Centered Care for the LGBTQ+ Client

Timeslot: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Session Type: Concurrent Session


As healthcare organizations seek to serve a more diverse patient population, LGBTQ+ inclusion is a topic that remains overlooked. Competent care of the LGBTQ+ patient continues to elude many clinicians, nursing curricula, and healthcare organizations. Healthcare delivery, as we know it, exists as a cisnormative landscape with many healthcare professionals possessing poor guidance to inform their practice. Nurses and healthcare providers are faced with caring for LGBTQ+ individuals yet, in general, lack the proper skill set to do so. The stagnation of education across our nursing curricula continues to, unfortunately, underserve LGBTQ+ individuals.

There continues to be a stasis in the ability to deliver adequate and appropriate care. An estimated nine million LGBTQ+ people live in the United States alone, and it is recognized that this number may likely be substantially higher considering that many exist as a hidden population. Yet, these individuals seek healthcare, albeit with trepidation, due to fear of discrimination. Therefore, provider bias is often one of the biggest and most difficult hurdles to overcome. Herein lies a problem that plagues healthcare today. In this presentation, you will learn how to create an LGBTQ+ inclusive practice, and be given tips and strategies that can be used in practice to achieve this goal. The tips provided are simple and effective, and they work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the techniques needed to practice LGBTQ+ person-centered careĀ 

  • Summarize the disparities that affect the transgender populationĀ 

  • Demonstrate best practices in providing affirming care to the LGBTQ+ client